Lost At Sea Cool Science Experiment
In this fun and easy cool science experiment, we’re going to use science to trick a compass and maybe get lost at sea!
- One piece of insulated wire with both ends bare
- Battery (1.5 volts)
Place the compass on a table so that it is facing north.
Place the wire over the top of the compass. Make sure the wire is facing north and that both ends of the bare wires extend out over the compass.
Touch each end of the wire to the opposite ends of the battery and observe.
How it Works:
As electricity from the battery flows through the wire it creates a magnetic field. This magnetic field can be used to manipulate and trick the compass. A compass was among the early tools used to navigate the ocean and keep sailors from becoming lost at sea. A compass works by detecting and pointing towards the Earth’s natural magnetic fields.
Make This A Science Project:
See if other items can manipulate a compass. Sit the compass on electronic devices. Sit the compass on metal. Move the compass near a phone charger.