Lessons

Explorations of Static Magnetic Fields

MAGNA AR can be used to explore a wide variety of physics scenarios of magnetic fields. Click the following links to see videos of example mapped 3-D fields:

Planetary Magnetism

This lesson has students explore the magnetic field around a model Earth (a quasi-dipole field) and around a model Mars-like planet with an irregular, crustal magnetic field. Students learn about the role of magnetic fields in sustaining life.

Our project collaborated with the Temple University / AAPT NASA Space Science Education Consortium team to develop the "Modeling Planetary Magnetism" lesson using Magna AR. The lesson was tested with a group of educators in a workshop at the AAPT Winter Meeting 2020 in Orlando, FL to get feedback and refine activities.

 

Click on the teacher guide and student worksheet below (make a copy from Google Docs versions), or see the Digi Kit below from the AAPT to get the lesson and a series of vetted resources to contextualize the activity further.

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Energy in a Magnetic Field and Solar Flares

This lesson has students explore the interactions between poles and consider where energy "goes" as they work to bring poles together or separate them. Students explore how field strength changes around poles that are near each other, and then apply this understanding of energy in fields to make conclusions about how stars release energy into space.

Our project collaborated with the Temple University / AAPT NASA Space Science Education Consortium team to develop the "Energy in a Magnetic Field" lesson using Magna AR. The lesson was demoed with a group of educators in a virtual workshop at the AAPT Summer Meeting 2020 in order to get feedback and refine activities.

 

Click on the teacher guide and student worksheet below (make a copy from Google Docs versions).

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This work is funded by NSF Grant #1822728. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.