Santa's Science Investigation

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Science Investigation 18.12.18

Santa has had an accident, Santa and the reindeer are fine, but the toys are scattered all over the country! Lap land is now covered in snow after a heavy down fall yesterday. The elves are digging to find the toys. How can we help the elves?

Ideas

  • Get a drill and a shovel - Lily
  • The reindeer can fly and try to catch some falling presents - Olivia
  • Use a magnet to pull out the presents.

Hypothesis - Question

Can we use a magnet to help Santa find all the toys?

Method What will we do?

  • Teddy wants to test the toys and see which one will stick to the magnet.
  • Aisha needs a magnet.
  • Annie will place the magnet above each toy and see if it sticks. (attracts)

 

Fair Test

What will we keep the same?

  • Flo says, we will use the same magnet each time.

 

What will we change?

  • William says, each time, we will change the toy to test.

 

Prediction What do we think will happen?

  • Freddie predicts that it won’t work, because they are not all made of metal.
  • Harvey predicts that the magnet will pick up the cars.
  • Peter predicts that the magnet won't stick to plastic toys.
  • Edward predicts that the magnet will pick up the train.

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  Results

Toy

Material

Magnetic?

Doll

 

Plastic and fabric

 

X

Car

 

Metal and plastic

 

  • yes

Teddy

 

Furry fabric

 

X

Train

 

Plastic and metal

 

  • yes

Jigsaw

Plastic coated card board

 

X

 

Conclusion

The magnets only stuck to metal. Santa could only pull out metal toys. A strong magnet would help Santa to find some toys.