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Magnets: Distance of Attraction


Experience Level

Grades 3-5


30-60 minutes

Group Size

Large Groups (5-10)

Compatible Robots



We will see how big the magnetic field is around a magnet by how long it can hold on to a paperclip.

Downloads & Resources

Magnets: Distance of Attraction PDF

With this experiment, you will measure the greatest distance of attraction of a magnet. We can see how strong a magnetic field is and gather data about how it changes depending on the magnet type.

Educational Standards

CCSS ELA K-8 Reading


Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it; cite specific textual evidence when writing or speaking to support conclusions drawn from the text.


Ask and answer questions to demonstrate understanding of a text, referring explicitly to the text as the basis for the answers.


Integrate and evaluate content presented in diverse media and formats, including visually and quantitatively, as well as in words.


Use information gained from illustrations (e.g., maps, photographs) and the words in a text to demonstrate understanding of the text (e.g., where, when, why, and how key events occur).

Next Generation Science Standards


Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.


Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.*

CCSS Math K-8 Standards


Generate measurement data by measuring lengths using rulers marked with halves and fourths of an inch. Show the data by making a line plot, where the horizontal scale is marked off in appropriate units— whole numbers, halves, or quarters.