A Science Project on Magnetic Cars

Toy cars can be modified to create magnetically-propelled cars.
••• toy car image by ann triling from Fotolia.com

Magnetic toy car experiments can make a big impact at school science fairs. While fairly easy to execute, magnetic car experiments are a fun way to teach children about magnetism.

Features

Magnetic car experiments feature a car and three magnets. Two magnets are strapped to the car and a third magnet is held by the car “operator” and used to “drive” the toy car.

Function

The magnetic car works by using the repelling power of magnets. One magnet’s north pole is placed at the back of the toy car, and the other magnet’s south pole is attached at the front of the car. The third “control” magnet pushes the car forward by repelling the poles of the magnets attached to the car.

Fun Fact

Maglev levitating trains work on a similar principle as this simple science project. These high-speed trains are used for transportation in cities all over the world.

Related Articles

How a Magnetic Drive Pump Works
How to Charge a 12V Battery With a DC Motor
Two Advantages of an Electromagnet Over a Permanent...
How Are Magnets Used to Generate Electricity?
Magnetic Levitation Projects for Kids
How a Magnetic Drive Pump Works
Kinds of Magnets
How to Make Electromagnets Repel
Things to Do With Rare Earth Magnets
Types of Magnets
How to Build a Super Magnet
What Is a Magnetic Switch?
What Is the Gauss Rating for a Strong Magnet?
Science Fair Magnet Ideas
What Are Bar Magnets Used For?
How to Create a Powerful Magnetic Field
5 Uses of Magnets for Kids
How to Make a Simple Remote Control Car
Modern Day Uses for Magnets
Everyday Uses of Magnets

Dont Go!

We Have More Great Sciencing Articles!