Space Shuttle Ceramics (page 2)

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Experimental Procedure:

  1. Gather all the materials that you will need for this experiment. These include 1 large ceramic horseshoe magnet, an iron horseshoe magnet of the same size, iron filings, a box of large paper clips and a camera.
  2. Copy the Data Chart provided below so that you can readily record your data. Have your camera ready to take photos of the results using each magnet with the iron filings and the large paper clips.
  3. Put on your safety goggles, apron and gloves. Start by taking your regular iron magnet and dipping it into the iron filings. Take a photo of the result. On your data chart record a description of what you observed.
  4. Now remove the filings and follow step 3 but this time use the ceramic magnet. Take a photo and record your observations in your chart.
  5. This time use your iron magnet and see how many large paper clips you can pick up. Take a photo and record your observations in your chart.
  6. Repeat step 5 using the ceramic magnet. Take a photo and record observations in chart.
  7. Clean up the filings and clips. Keep your hands away from your face and eyes. The iron filings travel easily.
  8. Write up your conclusions and complete your report. Make certain to include all of the responses to the research questions. Do not forget your bibliography.

Data Chart

Type of Magnet

Amount of Iron Filings

Number of Paper Clips












  • Ceramics
  • Glass ceramics
  • Semiconductor
  • Superconductor



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