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Fun DIY Classroom Activity - Magnetic Race Car

Posted on Mon, Jan 3, 2022

Mobile Ed Productions, Inc has an exciting new project for you and your students to work on this year that involves magnets, a race car, and lots of smiles. This experiment will use the basic property of magnetic poles repelling each other to make your magnetic car move forward. 

This Magnetic Race Car experiment will teach students: 

  • How magnets work
  • Properties of a magnet
  • How to use magnets

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What you’ll need: 

  • Two magnets
  • Four bearings (metal wheels)
  • Wooden block
  • Hot glue/double-sided tape
  • Two short sticks 


What to do: 

  1. Glue or tape the four bearings on both ends of two short sticks. 
  2. Glue the two short sticks under a wooden block or rectangular object, as seen in the above picture. Your object should start to take the shape of a car. 
  3. Glue one magnet to the wooden black at one end of the car. This will be the “back” of the car. 
  4. On a smooth flat surface, hold a magnet close to the end of the car with the other magnet and see what happens! Be careful your new vehicle doesn’t speed right off the table! 

ADVANCED VERSION: Have students race their magnet-propelled cars right inside your classroom!

This experiment was inspired by

Mobile Ed Productions, Inc. has all the fun experiments and principles your students need to have a well-rounded introduction to physics. Our Forces and Motion assembly is a fantastic 45-minute program designed to educate your students about Sir Issac Newton, the 3 Laws of Motion, gravity, and energy while keeping them engaged and most of all...entertained!

Our Forces and Motion program will inform your students about: 

  • Sir Isaac Newton
  • 3 Laws of Motion
  • Theory of Gravity
  • Energy and the ability to do work
  • Kinetic and potential energy
  • The Law of Conservation of Energy
  • Gyroscopic motion/stability
  • The Scientific Method

This assembly begins with Newton’s Three Laws of Motion, offering your students a firm foundation of modern physics that the rest of our program and your own classroom activities will build on. Through exciting demonstrations and interactive elements, students will no longer be intimidated by the important science of physics. 

Please visit the Mobile Ed Productions Inc. website for more information on the Forces and Motion program. To find out availability and pricing for this program, contact us here at any time or send us a quick message at We can’t wait to connect with you!

Topics: DIY, Arts and Crafts, classroom activity