Compasses and Magnetism on Earth

Half marathon notice

Visitor notice: On Sunday 4 March Cutty Sark and the museum car park will be closed for the Vitality Big Half Marathon. All other museums will be open as normal and DLR and rail links will be running. Find out about road closures

Essential information

Key stage: 
Key Stage 2
Resource type: 
Classroom activity
Location: 
Royal Observatory
School subject: 
Astronomy, Science

In this practical activity, students investigate magnetic materials, attraction and repulsion and make a magnetic compass. Accompanies the video ‘Seeing The Invisible’.