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Magnet Maze

The Brief

Explore the concept of magnetic force through an object, and how we could use this force to create a little magnetic maze game.

Materials

  • a paper plate (or thin piece of cardboard)
  • Items to decorate (crayons, pencils, markers)
  • small steel balls (or other small steel objects)
  • a magnet

The Method

  1. Design your maze! It doesn’t really matter what shape, as long as there is a clear path to follow. A squiggly line works well, as does a spiral. 
  2. Put a steel ball on the maze side of the paper plate, and the magnet on the other.
  3. Move the magnet underneath. Magnetic force will make the ball move too!

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