Friday, January 22, 2010
Magnet Mania at the Tellus Museum
Earlier this week, Cullen took his first homeschool class at the Tellus Museum in Cartersville, not too far from us. The staff did a terrific job, offering a mix of interesting demonstrations and hands-on exploration of magnets and how they work. There were some new friends there, as well, that belong to the same homeschool group, some that take weekly classes with Cullen, and a couple of good friends from church, Amber and Hannah.
The kids explored electromagnets in small groups, using the scientific process of predicting, testing, observing and recording conclusions. Here Cullen and Amber work along with another little girl to see just how many paper clips their electromagnet can lift, trying to discover if the number of wire coils on the nail affect the power of the magnet.
Hannah's group graciously allowed her Dad to get in on the action!
Of course, we love this museum, so we spent another hour wandering around the exhibits. I was very pleased with the class. We will definitely be signing up for more of these. If you are in the Atlanta area, you can see details of their monthly homeschool programs here.