Grade Level: 4-5
Can you create an electromagnet?
This inquiry unit takes students through a sequence of lessons that focus on NGSS standard 4-PS3-2. (make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transformed from one place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric current). This kit is connected to RAFT’s electrical engineering designed for middle school students.
Lessons in this unit: This unit begins with an empathy lesson that connects how important magnets are to our modern lives. The first define lesson then dives into core concepts of magnetism, and the second define lesson connects the relationship between electricity and magnetism. The ideate, prototype, and test phases of design thinking model are combined in a final project that challenges students to create an electromagnet.
Content Standard addressed in this inquiry unit:
NGSS 3-PS2-4 Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.
NGSS-PS3-2 Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents.
NGSS 4-PS2-4 Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another.