General Lab Information


Magnetic Levitation

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Student teams model a MagLev train that floats on a track with repelling magnets. To determine the efficiency of their trains, students calculate the figure of merit (a ratio of cost to income) by adjusting the number of magnets and passenger load.  

Vocabulary: attract, figure of merit, levitate, MAGLEV, magnetic force field, north pole, repel, south pole

Session Information: This activity is available only in-person. It cannot be booked as a virtual program.

In-Person Session Information
  • Session times are Tuesday - Friday, 10 - 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 - 2 p.m.
  • Activities are pre-selected based on grade level
  • Up to two classes per session, maximum 30 students/class

All in-person activities are interactive, hands-on student experiences guided by our instructors. 

New York State Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas

Crosscutting Concepts

Science and Engineering Practices

ETS1.A: Defining and Delimiting Engineering Problems

ETS1.B: Developing Possible Solutions

ETS1.C: Optimizing the Design Solution

Systems and System Models

Asking Questions and Defining Problems

Developing and Using Models

Planning and Carrying Out Investigations

Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Common Core Mathematics

Numbers and Operations in Base Ten

Common Core English Language Arts

Speaking and Listening


Comprehension and Collaboration

Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

New York State Standards for the Arts


Visual Arts 1.1


Program Audience

5th Grade