Make a Homemade Compass
IntroductionHave you ever used a compass to help you figure out what direction to go? What about while on a camping trip — have you ever needed a compass to help you navigate your way through a forest? Magnetic compasses work based on Earth's magnetic field. In this science activity, you will get to make your own magnetic compass out of a sewing needle, piece of cork, and cup of water. How well do you think it will work? Get ready to find out!
Teisha Rowland, PhD, Science Buddies
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magnetism, navigation, magnetic poles, physics, forces