Magnetic Levitation

Written by Stacy Chbosky
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A magnetic levitation kit might just be the perfect gift for your little budding scientist. When I was a kid, my friends and I always loved chemistry sets, which included cool stuff like invisible ink. Magnetic levitation kits run sort of along these same lines. It's learning and playing all mixed up together.

Magnetic Levitation and Rare Earth Magnets

Most magnetic levitation works with the help of rare earth magnets. Rare earth magnets were developed in the 1970s and '80s. Rare earth magnets, like Neodymium Iron Boron magnets, are very powerful, which is why the object you choose to levitate must be of a decent weight. A ping pong ball is going to be too light for a NIB magnet.

I gave one of these kits to my niece, and she loved it. She already had a thing for magnets, thanks to the magnetic sculpture I had given to her mom and dad as a gift. Now she had her own kit, and could levitate things for her friends. Levitating is like making real magic, and who couldn't use a little more magic in her life?

In a world of dumb, disposable gifts, I think this is a pretty good one. At the very least, it's educational and original. You can levitate everything from little dolls to toys to books. It's an amazing feeling, to feel something tug out of your hand, then hang there, in mid-air, levitating.

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