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Engineering and Design: Maglev Transport Systems

Kit #496S
Engineering and Design: Maglev Transport Systems

In this multi-day activity students are challenged to design a magnetically levitated cart. They follow the engineering design process by building a prototype and then using an iterative testing procedure to optimize the size of the cart and the number and placement of magnets on the cart in order to maximize the load the cart can transport.

Details at a Glance

  • 1-2 Days | 1-2 ~50 minute class periods
  • 1 Activity
  • Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 8 groups of 4 students
  • Meets our criteria for supporting literacy
  • All materials are non-consumable
  • Includes digital resources
  • Developed in partnership with SEPUP

Scientific Concepts

Disciplinary Core Ideas
•MS-PS3.A Definition of Energy
•MS-PS2.B Types of Interactions
•MS-ETS1.A Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems
•MS-ETS1.B Developing Possible Solutions
•MS-ETS1.C Optimizing the Design Solution
Science and Engineering Practices
•Developing and Using Models
•Analyzing and Interpreting Data
•Asking Questions and Defining Problems
•Engaging in Argument from Evidence
Crosscutting Concepts
•Systems and System Models
•Connections to Nature of Science: Influence of Science, Engineering, and Technology on Society and the Natural World
Key Vocabulary: constraint, optimize, criteria, criterion, prototype, engineering design process, variable,model

Guides & Student Sheets

Our kits and modules provide you with everything you need so you can open, review, and teach the material confidently the next day.

  • Full downloadable Teacher Guide with background information, detailed instruction, example data and answers
  • Downloadable Student Sheets with age appropriate background information, full procedure(s), and analysis questions
  • All materials necessary to carry out the investigation
  • Safety Data Sheets

Kit Components

  • 32 large ceramic disk magnets
  • 32 small ceramic disk magnets
  • 32 metal strips, 4 g
  • 16 metal pieces, 20 g
  • 16 track piers
  • 8 tracks with magnetic strips
  • 8 short carts
  • 8 medium carts
  • 8 long carts
  • 8 magnetic wands
  • Not included and needed for instruction: 2 nickels for each group.