Dancing turkey

Make another decoration for your home!

Warn­ing! Only un­der adult su­per­vi­sion.


  • cop­per wire;
  • pli­ers;
  • AA bat­tery;
  • neodymi­um mag­net.

Step-by-step in­struc­tions

Make a tur­key out­line cir­cuit from cop­per wire. Set a bat­tery on a neodymi­um mag­net, make a small in­den­ta­tion in the pos­i­tive pole, and place the tur­key on this in­den­ta­tion. Give the tur­key a lit­tle nudge and it will start to dance!

Process de­scrip­tion

When the wire touch­es the neodymi­um mag­net and the pos­i­tive pole of the bat­tery, this cre­ates a closed cir­cuit through which cur­rent be­gins to flow. At the same time, the mag­net­ic field of the neodymi­um mag­net be­gins to act on the cur­rent-car­ry­ing con­duc­tor, due to which the cir­cuit be­gins to ro­tate around the ful­crum.

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