Zero gravity

No strings attached!

20 minutes


  • Carefully review the general safety advice on the back of the box cover before starting the experiment.
  • Read the "Magnets and electricity" section of the safety guidelines carefully before proceeding. Do not let children under 8 years old handle small magnets.
  • Disassemble the setup after the experiment.


Dispose of solid waste together with household garbage.

Scientific description

The small black rings from the set are magnets . They interact with other magnets , certain metals, and their compounds and alloys.

Magnets  have two poles: north (N) and south (S). These poles are what you marked with red  and blue  stickers at the beginning of the experiment. If you cut a magnet  in half, you’ll create two magnets—each with its own north and south poles. Magnets  are attracted to each other if their opposite poles are facing one another (N-S). They repel each other if the same poles are facing one another (N-N or S-S).

When you bring the magnets  closer to each other, their attraction  or repulsion  strengthens, and when you separate them, it weakens. The magnets attract each other so strongly that they can even pinch your finger!

In this experiment, the magnets’ like poles are facing one another, which causes each magnet  to repel the next. This repulsion is so strong that the magnets seem suspended in midair! You can feel this repulsive force by pressing down on a magnet with your finger. Once you release the magnet, it returns to its original position.