Coming in many different shapes, sizes, and strengths, magnets can be used for a variety of reasons, probably the most common association being with hanging up A+ papers or family photos on the refrigerator. Magnets in their raw form, however, can prove to be more fun when conducting scientific experiments for school or just exploring your own sheer curiosity of their power in affecting their surroundings. For example: sure, you might have guessed that magnets and electricity are related, but have you ever wondered whether magnets can affect plant growth? Or other living organisms for that matter? You can easily discover these answers in your own home with mostly the gathering of materials. For other magnet-related questions you might have never stopped to think about, click here.
There are already some simple experiments that you can conduct if you have magnets, a compass and some other easy-to-find materials. One idea you can explore is insulators, or things that affect the magnetic force of a magnet, seen here.The possibilities are almost endless! A great list for conducting scientific experiments can be accessed here.
Also, please remember that when experimenting with magnets of any sort that you handle your magnets carefully. Underestimating the attraction of two magnets can lead to pinched fingers or pieces of the magnet chipping off; for this reason, it wouldn’t hurt to wear eye goggles so that you are prepared if you accidentally send tiny magnet fragments flying. Once you have some basic magnet safety under your belt (and some other materials in hand), you can begin to have your own magnet experiments while learning and having fun along the way.