Simple Electromagnet

Make a simple electromagnet

Time: about 10 minutes


  • AA battery or other power source
  • iron bolt or nail or screw
  • magnet wire or insulated wire
  • small metal object (like a paper clip)


  • wrap the wire around the bolt with about 100 turns
  • leave enough wire on both ends of the coil to connect to the power source
  • connect the battery to the coil
  • Move the coil near to a paper clip or other small metalic object



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