Our experts receive many questions regarding magnets, from how they work to how they are made – so with this in mind we have broken down the key information to answer the most common questions our experts receive to help you better understand the world of magnets! What is the difference between a permanent magnet and an electromagnet? A permanent magnet is a solid material that produces its own consistent magnetic field as the material is magnetised, however a magnetic field exerted by an electromagnet is produced by the flow... Read More
We sympathise with all of you who are having to home school during this lockdown! We completely understand certain topics may not be interesting to everyone, but we are a firm believer that magnets are a great teaching aid to allow your children to be interactive. It’s time for you to take charge and dismiss those blank little faces looking back at you. Here are our top magnetic tips and activities to help bring some fun back to home schooling! Make their workspace interactive! Our FerroPaint® magnetic paint allows you... Read More
The biggest magnet on the planet is the earth itself. Today marks the celebration of the earth and in particular it remembers when French Physicist, Leon Foucault, revealed the Earth rotates on its axis! To celebrate we have put together some interesting facts to celebrate the Earth. Why does the earth rotate? “The Earth keeps spinning because it was born spinning” – Kevin Luhman, an assistant professor of astronomy at Penn State Rotating is known as the fundamental behaviour of objects in the universe. To help explain this hear is... Read More
Our experts often get questions regarding magnets and how they work. From how North and South work to how that applies to the different ranges. With is in mind, we have broken down all the key bits of information, along with the frequently asked questions our experts get asked, in order to help your understanding on the world of magnets. What are Poles? Every Magnet has at least two magnetic poles, one NORTH and one SOUTH and a magnetic field flows continuously from NORTH to SOUTH. Are there any differences... Read More
Magnets are here, there and everywhere and we don’t even realise it. From the device you are reading this article on, to the hidden catches on your gate, magnets are an extremely versatile product with endless possibilities; they are an unsung hero in our opinion! With the British Grand Prix this weekend, support will no doubt be high for Lewis Hamilton! To get you in the mood for all things motor sport, we decided to take a look into how magnets are used within the automotive industry. We’ll be exploring... Read More
In this article, we are going to show you how you can create the simplest (possibly), but by far the most awesome (definitely) DIY electric train by using nothing more than a battery, some bare copper wire and two magnets. Before you stand aghast in disbelief and tell us it can’t be done, make sure you check our article on how to make a basic electric motor with almost identical materials.
The Internet is full of useful information, including thousands of fabulous teaching resources created for every subject by teachers, schools and organisations. At first4magnets.com we are passionate about providing great, useful information about magnets for people young and old. Take a look at these free teaching resources we’ve put together. Please feel free to use and share 🙂