Electricity and Magnetism
Remote teaching support
A selection of electricity and magnetism experiments and simulations that are suitable to use remotely with your students.
Health and Safety Guidance
These experiments have been selected by trained teachers as appropriate for use at home, but we have not specifically tested them for home use. All experiments are carried out at your own risk.
To avoid risk of injury or damage, we recommend that you follow the instructions as shown, and that a responsible adult supervises all practical activity and considers the suitability of each task for their child.
Teachers proposing to recommend any resources to their students should:
- work within safety policies established by their school;
- use their professional judgement to assess the suitability of experiments for their own students;
- direct students and their parents/guardians to follow all stated instructions.
For students aged 11-14 and 14-16:
Static electricity – a great topic for getting hands on:
Attracting a drinks can
Static spinning straw
Static electricity simulation
Circuits – online simulations can give a feel of the real thing
Circuit construction kit
Crack the circuit - circuit building game
Magnetism – interesting investigations for household magnets and simulations means everyone has access to a compass.
Magnet and compass simulation
For students aged 14-16 and 16-19:
Combining resistors simulation
Electromagnetic lab simulation
Catapult force simulation
For students aged 16-19:
Faraday's law simulation
Electric generator simulation