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Lesson Overview

Lesson Title:
MagLev Trains

Ms. Jami Turnquist (Primary)

Brief Description:
This lesson plan talks about how magnets work, and how they're used in transportation.

Topics Introduced:
electromagnetism, magnets, trains
Suggested Grade Levels:
9th Grade
10th Grade
11th Grade
12th Grade

Industrial Technology

Lesson Information

Learning Expectations:

To understand how magnets work, how they are used in transportation, and how to calculate the "Factor of Merit".

Plan Of Action:

Students will find the highest FOM (Factor of Merit) value and try to make a vehicle that carries the most washers at the fastest speed with the least amount of magnets.

Data Set Used:

Students will be given rules and supplies for this activity.

Materials Needed:

This activity requires the following:
1. Washers
2. Magnets

Preparation Period:

1. Download powerpoint to computer ahead of time and look through material.
2. Have an idea how many members you want in each group.
3. Have supplies ready for groups (washers, magnets)

Implementation Period:

Lesson will last approximately 45 minutes. Allow 10 minutes for powerpoint and questions, 20 minutes for building, 15 minutes for testing.

Lesson Files

Magnetic Levitation
Powerpoint for lesson
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