Experimenting With Magnets | The Momma Diaries

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Experimenting With Magnets

Remember a few months ago when I raved about the hit new show, Annedroids available on Amazon Prime Instant Video?   Well, since then it has turned into one of Lincoln's favorite shows!  

Lincoln is ridiculously into robots lately.  So naturally he is drawn to the shows main character, Anne.  And honestly, I adore Anne.  She is such a positive role model for children.  She teaches them that they can be anything or anyone they want to be!   Her positive attitude is infectious, and something great for all kids (and adults!) to see.

If you're not familiar with Annedroids, here's some background info on the show:

  • Just as Anne uses things found in her junkyard to create new inventions, help celebrate National Recycling Week by creating your own fun experiments and projects using recyclable treasures found around your home!
  • Annedroids, Created by Emmy-nominated J.J. Johnson (Dino Dan) and Sinking Ship Entertainment, Annedroidsis a live-action adventure series about "Anne," a young female scientist, her human friends and their android assistants, and the amazing scientific discoveries they make while undertaking the biggest experiment of them all: growing up. The series spotlights, through trial and error, how science, technology, engineering, the arts and math (STEAM) can inspire children to do great things.
  • Anne and her friends' adventures provide many opportunities to showcase the key processes of STEM, which are often not addressed well in children's television programming. This includes processes involved with identifying problems and asking questions, making plans and creating prototypes, experimenting and testing, reflecting and revising. In particular, it is good to see that Anne and her friends learn as much from failure as success, and see the failures as opportunities to try new things. http://www.amazon.com/annedroids
  • Anne, the main character of Annedroids, was recently named one of TV's Best Role Models of 2014 by Common Sense media. When faced with a problem, she sees only possibilities-- no amount of failure ever dampens her spirit. Where most people see junk, Anne sees possibility.

One of Lincoln's favorite episodes is Episode 11: Electromagnetic Pal.  During this episode, Anne is in the middle of an experiment on magnetism. I thought it would be fun to make our own little experiment with magnets!

magnet experiment

Kids love when they can relate project to something else....in this case, Lincoln was super excited before we even began this project, because he knew the idea came from Annedroids.

This week is National Recycling Week, so I decided to get creative with a few items we had around the house!  Here's what we used:

- a plastic water bottle
- pipe cleaners
- popsicle stick
- magnet
- glue or something similar (we used sticky foam pieces we had)
- scissors

This experiment is super simple for kids.  The first step is to cut your pipe cleaners into one inch pieces.  I probably would have used more pipe cleaners than I did...but that's all I had in the house!

Next, you put them inside of the water bottle, and then glue your magnet to the popsicle stick.

Now the fun part.  Place the magnet along the water bottle, and watch your pipe cleaners become attracted to the magnet!!

magnet experiment

Lincoln loved this part!! In the future, I would try to use a thinner plastic bottle...and much more pipe cleaners.

I thought it would be fun for Lincoln to use his little magnetic stick to walk around the house and find things that were magnetic.  Of course my little smarty pants ran right to the refrigerator!

He also tested other objects - Avery's high chair, which did not attract because it's plastic.  The windows, which did not attract because it's glass.  Then he ran over to the dishwasher, and was pleasantly surprised!  He concluded all on his own that "magnets are attracted to metal!"

This was such a fun little project to do with Lincoln.  I love how we were able to relate it to the hit show, Annedroids!

How are you celebrating National Recycling Week?  For fun inspirational ideas, check out Annedroids available on Amazon Prime Instant Video!

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.


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