The machine

The story

Static history

The challenge

For teachers

For reference



The Gilbert Challenge.

William Gilbert explained some of the similarities and differences between electrostatic effects and magnetism, he also made the first 'versorium'. You have two tasks in this challenge.

  Practical Investigation

Design and build a simple Versorium.  Test out your design, evaluate and make improvements.  Your design should be small, portable and easy to construct.  You will be asked to demonstrate your design in the group.You may find this link useful.




 Devise a presentation to explain the similarities and differences between magnetism and static electricity.