Turning Magnetism into Electricity


We often consider a battery/power supply a necessity to generate electricity. However, did you know that we can create electricity with a single magnet? And did you know that the reverse is also true — that we can construct magnets out of electricity?

This workshop introduces some of the fundamentals of electromagnetism:

  • how moving magnets create and manipulate electricity
  • how the direction of a magnetic field directs the behaviors of electricity
  • how we implement these ideas into building electric motors, maglev (magnetic levitation) trains, and other technologies


  • Observe how to create electricity with a magnet and vice versa on real equipment.
  • Take part in simulation games to computationally experiment on how to generate electricity and magnetism.
  • Learn about magnetic fields and the concept of electric current.
  • Learn about the famous Faraday’s and Biot-Savart laws that describe the relationship between magnetism and electricity.

Presented by Wynona Wan, NFCDS Pedagogy Fellow, graduate student in the Department of Physics

Learn more about the NFCDS Pedagogy Fellowship.

Open to Undergraduates, Graduate Students, Postdocs, Faculty, Staff.


Sponsored by the Navari Family Center for Digital Scholarship

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