A Lesson with Electromagnet Man

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Electricity and magnetism were the subject of a dynamic lesson with science consultant Brian Wallrapp. Winthrop Avenue fourth-graders learned that when electricity and magnets connect, the result is a powerful effect.

“In terms of static electricity,” Mr. Wallrapp said, “a dangerous level of unbalanced electrons causes lightening in the atmosphere. And the effect can be very dynamic.” 

The students learned that electricity and magnetism are made up of atoms and that one gram of salt possesses three quintillion atoms. In addition, they performed several experiments with balloons, a plasma ball, a globe and paperclips that demonstrated how electromagnetism worked. The students most enjoyed learning how humans can conduct electricity by forming a human circuit.