Daniel Warren Elementary School first-graders kicked off their new science unit on magnets by exploring the properties of magnetism through a number of science demonstrations and hands-on activities.

Thanks to a generous grant from the PTSA, the students welcomed Brad Line, a scientist from High Touch High Tech, to their classrooms on Nov. 1 and Nov. 2 and experienced the science enrichment program on magnets. Line, who brought energy and excitement to his presentations, interacted with the students as they discovered how the north and south poles of a magnet attract and repel each other. 

As part of the experiments, the students explored the different properties of magnets, watched how a magnet can attract a chain of paper clips and experienced how it can move a toy car. 

“At this age group, it’s important for the students to actually experience [the concepts they’re studying about] because it can really deepen their understanding,” first-grade teacher Stephanie Cataldo said. “It’s a great program and opportunity to kick off our unit on magnets.”