Design and Technology KS2: How to create a magnetic marble-run wall

Presenters Lauren Layfield and Joe Tracini and The Dengineers design a den for Ocean from Essex where he can work on his roller-coaster and marble-run ideas.

They investigate one of the main features of the den, a huge magnetic marble-run wall.

They demonstrate how the steel wall is magnetic and has north properties which attracts magnets with south properties.

This means they come together and connect, like invisible glue.

Teacher Notes

This could be used to introduce the process of design, and as a prompt for class discussion and learning in areas such as initial research, designing and making a structure.

Pupils could investigate how magnets work and look at different ways in which magnets could be utilised within a design.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Design and Technology at KS2 in England, Wales, and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd level in Scotland.

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