How Are Magnets Made and What Are They Made Of?

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Okay, we’ve established that magnets are amazing. They’re used in everything from car engines to computers. And of course, they hold your latest straight “A” report card or artistic masterpiece to your family’s fridge. We’ve also reviewed how magnets work, what a magnetic field is, and how to tell which pole is which. But how […]

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The Truth About True North

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Look out Santa! We’ve got some surprising news that’ll knock your (woolen) socks off! You know that trusty, dusty compass you’ve counted on to show you true north and guide you home for all these years? Well, it might not be so trustworthy, after all. See, your compass works because a magnetic pin inside spins […]

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Ho-ho-halting the “Holiday Slide”

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Whether your little one is already in preschool or preparing to begin school next year, the holidays are a great time to slip in some learning with the festive fun! And, with a two-plus week break from school, many children experience a similar slide in learning retention (although to a lesser degree) as they do […]

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Four Fun Ways to Use Engineering Design Process Magnets!!

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We asked, you answered… and now we’re sharing! (What can we say – we’re very social!) We showed our Engineering Design Process Magnets to teachers around the country, and they came back with four fun ways to use this handy, STEM-based set. With four different activities and colorful, clear magnets for the Ask, Imagine, Plan, […]

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Learning Success That Sticks… Exceptional Tools for Exceptional Learners!

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Teaching children with special needs is an exceptional experience, and magnets can make learning even more rewarding for everyone! Check out the magnetic learning tools listed below and consider including them in your curricula for students with special needs: Magnetic Sweets™ Sort & Play Set Learning has never been so sweet! Bakers match and sort […]

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Who Discovered the Very First Magnet?

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How long have magnets been around, and who was the first person to discover this amazing material? Good question, and the answer depends on who you ask and what you mean by “discover.” You see, magnets make the world go ‘round, and stories about the discovery and use of magnets seem to come from almost […]

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What Are Magnetic Poles? How Can You Tell Which Pole is Which?

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If you’ve been following our blog you probably know that all magnets have at least one north pole and one south pole. But what are these poles? What do they do? And how can you tell which is which? Well, the areas of a magnet that have magnetic strength are called “poles”. When you have […]

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Tips & Tricks for Learning Centers

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Love the idea of learning centers but hate the way yours turn out? If your centers are more mayhem than model, you’re not alone. Setting up – and maintaining – centers that work is no easy feat. But, when done correctly, learning centers can be highly engaging and effective, so let’s give it a go […]

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What is a Magnetic Field?

What is a magnetic field? How can we measure it and see its forces?

“A magnetic field is the area around a magnet, magnetic object, or an electric charge in which magnetic force is exerted.” Huh? Let’s put it this way. The invisible area around a magnetic object that can pull another magnetic object toward it or push another magnetic object away from it is called a magnetic field. […]

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How DO Magnets Work?

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Ollie P., a Year 8 (like high school in the US) student in New Zealand, wrote to us to ask “How do magnets work?” He’d done lots of research, both online and in the library, and couldn’t seem to find an answer to this question. Well, Ollie, that’s because it’s a pretty hard question to […]

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