Maker Moments: Magnetic Powered Car

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Exploring the Magnetic-Powered Car at Young Innovators Academy

Magnetic Powered Car: Making is learning. At the end of this activity, your child will gain an understanding of magnets, a piece of material that attracts other metals. Creating things helps us learn. By the end of this activity, your child will understand magnets. Magnets are special objects that pull other metal things towards them. During this activity, your child will get to play with magnets and see how they work. They’ll learn that magnets have a special power that can attract certain types of metal. It’s a fun and hands-on way for kids to discover the magic of magnets and how they can be used in everyday life. So get ready for some magnetic fun and learning!


Magnetic Powered Car

What You Need:

  • Toy car
  • You can buy road tape or use painter’s tape to create roads.
  • Variety of magnets (with different strengths). Try to have at least one bar magnet.

How to Do It:

  • Begin the activity by asking your child, What is a magnet? Discuss how alternative means of power are being explored for use in our cars. Talk with your child about what you notice about magnets, and conduct further research if they are curious to see more types of magnets.
  • With your child, collaborate to build a magnetic powered car. Tape a magnet to the top of a toy car. Test your toy car by using a second magnet to push or pull it by moving it toward the toy car.
  • Lay down a road for your magnetic-powered car. This is not necessary to test out your car but does make it more fun. You can experiment by using a ring, horseshoe, or other magnets.

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