Your mission: design and build a crane that can sort magnetic materials for recycling. Start by making and experimenting with an electromagnet and then create a crane to move it. Test the crane using the scientific method. Evolve the crane through the engineering design process. How many magnetic items can you sort in one minute? Compete against other cranes or challenge yourself.
What else will you need for this activity?
- TeacherGeek Tool Set (43019) – This can be reused and shared by students.
- Other materials (recycling bin stuff or whatever else you have available), tape, scissors, AA batteries, magnetic and nonmagnetic materials (paper clips, binder clips, erasers, and so on)