Magnificent Magnets

Recommended for Kindergarten - 2nd Grade • New STEAM program*

Learn why magnets are so magnificent! Students will discover what makes magnets repel and attract, and why some objects are magnetic and others are not. They will identify magnets from everyday life, and work through an array of hands-on experiments and activities to gain further understanding. We’ll keep kids engaged with old favorites and sticky surprises! This program will vary slightly by grade level in order to best represent the VA SOLs.

Students will leave the program with a unique puzzle piece magnet.


K.3 The student will investigate and understand that magnets have an effect on some materials, make some things move without touching them, and have useful applications. Key concepts include:

  • a) magnetism and its effects; and
  • b) useful applications of magnetism.

1.2 The student will investigate and understand that moving objects exhibit different kinds of motion. Key concepts include:

  • a) objects may have straight, circular, and back-and-forth motions;
  • b) objects may vibrate and produce sound; and
  • c) pushes or pulls can change the movement of an object.

2.2 The student will investigate and understand that natural and artificial magnets have certain characteristics and attract specific types of metals. Key concepts include:

  • a) magnetism, iron, magnetic/nonmagnetic, poles, attract/repel; and
  • b) important applications of magnetism.


*STEAM is a framework for teaching FUNctional Literacy that is based on natural ways of learning and is customizable for all types of educators and students. It has been successfully implemented in PK-12, college classes, museums, after-school programs and with rehabilitation and dementia patients. STEAM is adaptable, bench-marked, measurable and easily reinforces the standards in unique and engaging ways. STEAM ties ALL the subjects to each other in an interdisciplinary way as well as to the full spectrum of the rapidly changing business and professional world. It is a life-long career and life-readiness way of educating and learning that is adaptable to the rapidly changing global world we live in.

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