How to Make a Compass

CompassDo you know how to make a compass?  Ask your local 4th grade student and they can share the details.  Today students had a fantastic opportunity to make a compass from household items such as a jar, a needle, a magnet, thread, and a few other items.

Acadia Gurney (a current 10th grade student) joined our class and taught everyone how to make a compass.  She started by reviewing the scientific method with students.  Each student formed a hypothesis on our abilities to create a compass.  Students quickly came to the conclusion that if they carefully followed directions most jars could actually become a functioning compass.  Some students had difficulties with the thread, a bent card, or even a needle that lost magnetism.  It was a really fun activity for everyone.  Thanks again Acadia!  Everyone loves their new handcrafted compass.

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