Activity: Non-Contact Force

Non-Contact Force


Students have the opportunity to experiment with two non-contact forces; gravity and magnetism. Students will learn about gravity, magnetism as well as magnetic and non-magnetic influences. Challenge students to identify which non-contact force is at play and why the magnet acts the way it does.

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Contributors: Mira Vanhala, Mark Iwaasa, Josh Hill, Warren Anderson

Concept: Non-contact force, magnetism, angles

Grade(s): 4

Time: 20-30 minutes

Curriculum Outcomes

Students investigate how forces can act on objects without contact.

Skills and procedures:

  •  Describe how non-contact forces interact with objects.
  • Conduct investigations regarding the push and pull of magnetism on objects
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