How to make a compass

By Lottie age 7

We are learning about magnets and forces at school and one of our homework choices was to make a compass which I really liked doing.

To make a compass you need:

A needle or paper clip

A cork or something that floats

A magnet

Some water

  1. You need to make the needle magnetic. To do this you need to rub the needle at least 50 times along the magnet in the same direction
  2. Get a grown up to cut off a small circle of the cork
  3. Carefully push the needle through the cork
  4. Float the compass in a small bowl of water. Make sure it isn’t in any wind and the needle should move to point to North and South. You can then use the sun and shadows to work out which is which and mark east or west (or you can do what I did and cheat by using a ready made compass to check!)

If you were out in the wild you can also use fur or hair to make the needle magnetic.

Also if you didn’t have a cork you could use a leaf to float it.

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