Hold'em Up: Comparing magnets for artwork display

Grade Level: 1st


Students will test the strength of different types of magnets and apply this knowledge to the mounting of different materials.



K-2-ETS1-3. Analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.


S1P2. Obtain, evaluate, and communicate information to demonstrate the effects of magnets on other magnets and other objects.

Guiding question:

What are some common magnet types?

How are magnets used in museums?

How does the thickness and weight of the artwork affect the type of magnet used for mounting?

magnets on map copy

Flexible strip magnets secure this historic paper map to the metallic mounting strip on the wall behind it.


A round rare earth magnet is inserted between the layers of this mola cloth from Panama to hang it for display.


Students will test the strength of different magnets for holding artwork of different materials, weights, and thicknesses.