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Fairfax is STEM: Electromagnet from Electricity is Elementary

Here is another experiment from Sabiha Basit’s forthcoming book, Electricity is Elementary. She creates a tiny electromagnet using a tiny AA battery.

Sabiha is a great new author. Here is how she explains her science background and vision:


Sabiha S. Basit is a current student at George Mason University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in Biology. She loves all things nature, whether that is exploring the nearest park or hiking a tall mountain with her family. She enjoys teaching, and has a passion for educating STEM subjects to children. She hopes to further her education in biology and become a lifelong science educator. Until then, you can find her at edMe Learning creating fun and educational content for children!

Sabiha’s forward in Electricity is Elementary

We hope that you and your students explore electricity from a science and a reading learning perspective. Her book is full of rich informational texts and hands-on science that you can do anywhere.

Take a peak!

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Fairfax is STEM: Science Experiments

Our Electricity is Elementary book contains reading and scientific questions along with hands-on science experiments you can do at home. We know that children are naturally curious, and experiments like these help them answer questions and develop problem-solving skills that will help them in future situations.

This experiment has a gap in the circuit so children can explore a wide range of objects. If you do this at home, we suggest creating a simple chart to track “Insulator” and “Conductor”. Ask them what they saw (or observed) that made them certain the material was an insulator or conductor.

Although we try to use everyday materials, we know that copper wire and LED lights may require a special trip. If you want to save yourself the effort, we can vouch for these products on Amazon.

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Fairfax is STEM: Binary Bracelets

“Fairfax is STEM” highlights all the STEM activities and experts in our community.

This video explains the fun we have at the Binary Bracelet station. If you are interested in a deeper dive, please also check out our page on Binary Code.

The page wasn’t easy to see, so we added it here. The key idea is that just two states (1s and 0s) are the basis for storing all information electronically.