Floating Needle Experiment

Did you know you can make a compass out of a needle? 

Bluebirds did exactly that in science today, they used their investigating skill to find out which way north is, only using very simple equipment.

In small groups the children were given a bowl of water, a leaf, magnet, and a needle.

How to do the experiment:

First, fill a bowl with water.

Then rub the needle with the magnet 50 times. 

Carefully, float the leaf on the water.

Place the needle on the leaf.

Finally, watch the magic happen. 

What do you think will happen ?

It’s a simple experiment and a great way to introduce the concepts of magnetism, magnetic poles and the Earth’s magnetic field.

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