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Building a Scrap Metal Collector
(Electromagnet) (C1)
You have been contracted to build an electric device that can pick up scattered bits of metal from
an auto shop floor, so the metal can be recycled.
Working in groups of no more than three (3) you will design and build a prototype metal collector.
The metal collector that you build will be tested to see if it can pick up paper-clips. The more
paper clips it can pick up the better.
Features that your metal collector must have:
It must use principals of electromagnetism
It must have a light to indicate when it is on or off
It must have a switch to turn it on or off
You must indicate which end of your electromagnet is north and which is south
You can use your own power supply (Maximum 12 V) or the grey transformer boxes.
(provided by the school)
You must include a wiring (circuit) diagram of your prototype
You are encouraged to find bulbs, copper wire, metal bars, nails and anything else you may need
for construction from your basement, garage, old toys, old appliances, old flashlights, Canadian
Tire, Reno Depot, Dolarama etc. Basically find the stuff YOURSELF!!!
You should be able to scrounge everything you need.
DO NOT test your collector by using your household power outlets….instead use low voltage
batteries (eg. 12V Battery or less) or bring your collector to school and test it here.
Your entire group will receive the same mark, so choose your groups carefully.
Wednesday Oct. 30th
Friday Nov. 1st
Wednesday Nov. 6th
What needs to be accomplished
Make the electromagnet (strip
wire, coil it, and test it...
Connect to light and switch
Check that the electromagnet still
works and make modifications
Mount onto cardboard or wood
What you need
Wire and core (nail)
Light (LEDs work well, small light
from a flashlight, NO regular light
We have switches you may borrow.
Some type of base or frame
DUE date: Friday November 8th
We will test the collectors during class. Have fun
Building a Scrap Metal Collector (Electromagnet) (C2)
Building a Scrap Metal Collector (Electromagnet) (C2)