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Magnetic levitation vehicles funded by a grant from the Gladstone Education Foundation

Seventh-grade science students at PHOTO COURTESY: LESLIE ROBINETTE - Kraxberger seventh-grader Satara ThomTon glues magnets to her maglev vehicle.Kraxberger Middle School tried an innovative engineering project, constructing miniature maglev [magnetic levitation] vehicles that run along a metal track. The project was funded by a grant from the Gladstone Education Foundation.

Maglev is a system of train transportation that uses two sets of magnets. One set repels, pushing the train up off the track so it levitates. The other set of magnets moves the floating train quietly and smoothly at a high rate of speed made possible because there is no friction.

"Most students had never heard of maglev vehicles before we did this project," said teacher Todd Dauenhauer. "This really opened their eyes to the power of magnetism."

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