Students to Test Shark-X Invention at Sandoway House Nature Center

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Rising Ninth Graders Created Arm Band Magnets to Repel Cartilaginous Fish Including Sharks and Stingrays

Students showcase their invention, Shark-X. From left, Alexander Abbasi, Tasman Rosenfeld, Bennett Kubach, and Albin Engstrom showcase their invention, Shark-X.

Four Grandview Preparatory School students inspired by a class curriculum focused on magnets and magnetism last year during their 8th grade Introduction to Physical Science class will test their hypotheses and findings this weekend at the Sandoway House Nature Center. After being prompted to create a product for Grandview’s entrepreneur program, the boys came together to research the electro-receptivity and electro-sensitivity of sea life and ultimately concluded that cartilaginous fish like sharks and stingrays can perceive natural electric stimuli. With additional brainstorming, the rising high school students hypothesized that magnets could be used to activate and confuse their electroreception and essentially deter these animals from a magnetic field.

The boys created arm bands made of magnets in neoprene…

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