MakeIt with Magnets!
Magnets are at once both simple and mystifying. Sure, we all know that N sticks to S, and that magnetism is at the heart of electric motors, maybe even that there are magnets in speakers and hard drives; but what if you want to design something that uses magnets? In this short-form seminar you'll learn through hands-on examples and a short lecture the answers to the following questions:
Who invented magnets? (trick question!)
What are the different kinds of magnets?
Which kind should I use for my idea or project?
When should I be worried about magnets?
Where are the properties of magnets particularly useful?
Why do magnets even do things?
How are magnets made?
By the end of the class you'll have practical answers and an introduction to some of the theory needed to understand on a deeper level. You'll also go home armed with a set of pre-printed notes with links to more resources and fun projects and a set of sample magnets of various kinds and a physical hands-on tinker piece assembled during the class to demonstrate some of the design considerations.
Magnets are awesome.
If you have a pacemaker you can still safely attend this course, but please let the instructor know.
There will be a short period of talking about physics... but no math is required for this class.
About the Instructor:
The instructor for this class is Mordecai Veldt, a Mechanical Engineer and MakeIt Labs member. He has a 15 year long interest in magnets, and some say he has a magnetic personality! (Mostly just his wife.)
Besides constituitive equations of materials, Finite Element analysis, and standard equations of equilibrium, he enjoys cooking, woodworking, origami, and a carefully curated selection of podcasts and youtube channels.
Are there ID or minimum age requirements to enter the event?
This workshop is appropriate for anyone 18 or older. Interested tinkerers ages 12-18 should have their own ticket and be accompanied by a responsible adult with his/her own ticket.
What are my transportation/parking options for getting to and from the event?
There is free parking available.
What can I bring to the event?
Yourself! You may also want to bring a notepad and pen, or a prepared question. If you have a small physical object that you have questions about, that may be brought within reason.
How can I contact the organizer with any questions?