Non-Contact Forces

wood car and magnet

Grade Level

  • K-3


  • Kits, Curricula, & Resources

Anchoring question: How does Baby Yoda help us explain the behavior of magnets and static electricity?

Using the phenomenon of the Jedi power of Yoda, students explore the non-contact forces of magnets and static electricity and apply the learning to solve an engineering challenge.

Students will perform experiments to see the power of magnetism and static electricity with their own eyes. Integrating learning from the experiments and class discussions, students will work to use their knowledge to solve an engineering task. Students will attempt to stop a wooden car traveling down a ramp using magnetic forces.

What's in the Kit

Kit includes: magnet wands, cups for salt and pepper, magnets for vehicles, wooden vehicles, masking tape, paper plates, shredded paper, ramp, ramp blocks, nylon cloth, wool, yarn. 

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Kit cost: $40 

NGSS Standards Addressed

3-PS2-3 Ask questions to determine cause and effect relationships of electric or magnetic interactions between two objects not in contact with each other.

3-PS2-4 Define a simple design problem that can be solved by applying scientific ideas about magnets.

3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.



  • Non-Contact Forces