Magnetism: Polar Dashes (Gr. 1-3)


In this lesson, students will explore magnets. Then students will simulate the behavior of magnets using Dash robots.


  • Define magnetism
  • Identify the parts of the magnet
  • Experiment with and observe magnet behaviour
  • Design a model using Dash that demonstrates magnet behaviour
  • Use sequencing to design a program for Dash in Blockly

Lesson Procedure

  • Class 1: Magnetism Comparisons (20 minutes)
  • Class 2: More Magnet Exploration (20 minutes)
  • Class 3: Programming "Dash Magnets" (20 minutes)


Robots and Accessories

Other Supplies

  • Magnets
  • Projector or interactive display with mirroring capability
  • Notebook paper
  • Pencils
  • Sticky notes
  • Magnetic Comparison worksheets (1 per group)
  • [Optional] access to Twitter and Instagram
  • Tablets - See Tablet Compatibility

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