The Power of Magnets

Students will work on projects to learn about the principles, properties, and power of magnets. Students will design and build refrigerator magnets, simple motors, and a magnetic levitation train (MagLev Train).

A Magnetic Levitation Train or maglev is a train-like vehicle that is suspended in the air above the track and propelled forward using the repulsive and attractive forces of magnetism.

Since the train literally floats on a bed of air instead of riding on tracks, there is almost no friction enabling the train to travel efficiently at a high rate of speed.