YouTube Skepticism: Magnet Boys

YouTube Skepticism: Magnet Boys
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Science teachers have an obligation to instill critical thinking and skepticism in their students. If my students can calculate kinetic energy as (1/2)mv^2 but also buy a Power Balance bracelet or accept media reports of paranormal activity, I feel I have failed them.

So I insert explicit lessons in skepticism and critical thinking into the curriculum throughout the school year. This is one of them.

This activity allows students to consider several cases of so-called "magnet boys" that swarmed the Internet a few years ago.

Magnet Boy in Serbia (YouTube v=YY9kT0EwVvU)
Magnet Boy in Croatia (v=OJLDKOx9AxY)
Magnet Boy in Brazil (v=YWi2cxhnthQ)
[If the video links fail, just search "Magnet Boy")

The cases pose interesting questions, and magician and skeptic, James Randi, has an idea of what might be going on. He tests his theory on a what appears to be a Korean psychic game show.

Randi vs. Magnet Man (v=OTVWMY8EZCA)

My hope is that such lessons strengthen students' thinking skills I'm the classroom and (more importantly) beyond. I developed this activity for use with my own students.

April 2020 UPDATE: In addition to the printable PDFs of the student blank and answer key, a Google Docs version of the student document now included for easier distance learning use.

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