Third grade science students just finished a STEM unit on magnetic levitation. This unit was taught using a grant funded kit from the “Engineering is Elementary” science program. One of the reasons this type of hands-on application is so exciting to use, is the real world connections that can be made.
In this unit students first learned about Japan and this country’s use of magnetic levitation trains. They then apply what they had learned about magnets this year to solve a problem. Working in a team, each group is given the same materials and problem to solve.
The students enjoyed the kits and many groups, after lots of trial and error, were able to use magnets to suspend a load and move it over a distance.
Mrs. L. Schnicker