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Mighty Magnets


Mighty Magnets

Curious about magnets and how they stick together?  What about how they make some things move?  Mighty Magnets introduces kids to the fundamentals of magnetic fields and how they occur.  In this mini-course, kids will go on a magnetic scavenger hunt, play a Make-a-Magnet board game, measure the strength of different magnets and learn how to graph their data, and finally, make their own compass and treasure map!

Mini-course is provided as a 28-page PDF, along with a separate Science Tool Kit PDF to use to collect your badges.

Prefer a printed mini-course? Mighty Magnets is also available as a beautiful workbook here on

 Course Contents

  • Story: Magnets. Learn what makes a magnet different from other objects. Did you know that the Earth is a giant magnet?
  • Activity 1: Ferromagnetic Scavenger Hunt. What is magnetic in your home?
  • Activity 2: Investigating Your Magnets! Measure the strength of your magnet and find out what can affect it.  Learn to graph your data!
  • Activity 3: “Give Me a Magnetic Moment” Card Game. Collect enough cards and be the first player to turn your game board into a magnet.
  • Activity 4: Let Your Magnet Show the Way! Build a compass with just a bottle cap and needle.  Use it to become a cartographer and make a map of your home.
  • Curiosity Connector. Use these links to learn more about the properties of magnets and find other cool online magnet activities.
  • Tools for Your Tool Kit.  See if you can answer all the questions about magnets and magnetic fields to earn Tools for your Science Tool Kit.
  • Glossary.  Learn scientific terms used to describe magnets and their actions.

Concepts and Ideas

Mighty Magnets includes the following Disciplinary Core Ideas as described in the Next Generation Science Standards:

Forces and Motion (PS2.A), Types of Interactions (PS2.B)

How to Purchase

After checking out and purchasing the mini-course via PayPal, you will receive an email from Be Naturally Curious with a link to download the mini-course PDF. Your PDF will be stamped with your name and transaction number. You will also receive a link to download a Science Tool Kit PDF. Please print this and use it to collect your Tool badges.

Illustrations by Charlie Alolkoy.



Mighty Magnets

Michele Caton

About Michele Caton

Michele grew up investigating the natural world of her backyard and fell in love with biology in high school. She later got her PhD and became a research scientist in Immunology. Michele studied the immune cells that recognize pathogens and why the immune system sometimes attacks the body's own cells. Currently, she enjoys teaching and writing about science while exploring nature through the eyes of her two young children. Even though she is trained in biology, she loves to learn about every subject in science!

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