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Camp challenge activity: build a compass

posted 3 May 2020, 05:34 by Stephanie Gale

Morning All! My activities this morning are very 'Back to Basics'. And require only a handful of natural things, the sun and the earth.
ACTIVITY 1: Making a compass

You will need:
-Metal needle/nail
-Something small that floats (piece of cork, leaf..)
-Bowl of water

-Rub the needle on the magnet going in the same direction each time, after about 30-40 strokes it should be magnetised
-Place the needle in or on the floaty thing
-Place in the bowl of water, the needle will align north to south. Use the clues around you to work out which is north and which is south. Find out what happens when you bring the magnet towards and away from the compass.