Saturday, May 23, 2009

Woodshop





videoToday in woodshop... the magnet pole. This is a devilishly easy little project that nonetheless has an exciting and interesting end product and introduces a new skill: sawing. The kids were so excited when they completed their first cut, it was really adorable. What you see Finnon and Dorte using together is a mitre block, which guides the saw to make a straight cut and kinda just keeps the saw from waving all around...

Obviously this project is oh-so basic but it really is fascinating and magical and (dare I say) educational. You know how one side of the magnet attracts and the other repels... so when these doughnut shaped magnets are placed on the pole repelling each other one actually 'floats' above the other...just messing around with the magnets is pretty addictive, I must say...

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