Magnetic Pendulum

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For School Groups


All creatures live in a web of resources that support or suppress their growth. Create a dynamic model of an insect’s or bird’s world. Suspend a magnetized creature on a pendulum. Add food and shelter (with magnets) that attract the creature and predators and hazards that repel it. The creature navigates a complex and fascinating path.

Meets Connecticut Science Standards

  • 3.2: Organisms can survive and reproduce only in environments that meet their basic needs.
  • 4.2: All organisms depend on the living and non-living features of the environment for survival.
  • 4.4: Electrical and magnetic energy can be transferred and transformed.

For Families

Ecosystems Magnetic Pendulum

Ecosystems Magnetic Pendulum

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Quidditch Magnetic Pendulum

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