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Self-Assembly Demonstration


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Add circle magnets to the circle pan one at a time with the red side up.



Once all magnets are in place, connect the dots around a magnet. What shape do you see?



Now flip over one magnet so the white side faces up.



Put the piece back into the pan.



What do you notice about the red pieces? How do they behave? What shapes do they form?


What's going on? Check the guide here.


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This demonstration meets the following California Science Standards:

Physical Science

  • K–4: Properties of materials can be observed, measured, and predicted
  • K4: Magnets can repel or attract each other
  • 58: Structure and properties of matter
  • 912: Atomic and molecular structure
  • 912: Motions and forces

Investigation and Experimentation

  • K4: Scientific progress is made by asking meaningful questions
  • 58: Classifying objects
  • 58: Ability to conduct scientific inquiry
  • 912: Formulate explanations by using logic and evidence

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