In this recorded professional learning session, Lyn Rogers and Dr Simon Taylor explore aspects of magnetism. They:

  • explore how magnetism can be used as a context to engage students in scientific thinking
  • demonstrate some simple activities
  • discuss how these activities can be used to build understandings about the physical world.

This session will be useful for primary, intermediate and junior secondary school teachers.

I feel a lot more comfortable with magnetism. Thanks!


Click on the links above to view the video of this professional development session and the PowerPoint presentation. You may find it easier to download these.

This is such an inspiring 'aha' moment!


Nature of science

This webinar provides ideas for teachers and students to model the scientific process of investigation. In the NZC, the nature of science strands include investigating in science. The activities offer students opportunity to think through the design of simple investigations and experiments that explore the science involved with magnetism.

Related content

There are some simple activities on the Science Learning Hub that explore aspects of magnetism. These include Probing fridge magnets, Make an electric motor, Making a simple weather vane and compass and Meissner effect – Nick Strickland video clips. There are also several other resources that can be referred to for further information or explanation of concepts such as magnetism and forces. These include Fossil compasses, Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and Uses for advanced ceramics.

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    Published 19 December 2017