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Learners study different motors and how they convert electrical energy to mechanical energy. In this motor lesson students make a model of an electric motor and examine how it can be used to do work.
Students study the basic principles of electric motors and explore everyday uses. They build a working model of an electric motor for classroom use, using an inexpensive kit. Then, they work as an "engineering" team to determine the changes they would need to make to the motor to adapt it to power a hairdryer.
Students examine the different types of electric motors including their history and classification. In this motor lesson students complete several experiments with different motors.
Students build simple electric motors. In this hands-on science activity, students gather the listed materials and follow the provided directions to make simple electric motors.
Young scholars compare a stepper motor from a traditional motor. In this physics lesson, students summarize how it works. They build their own stepper motor and explore its uses.
Fifth graders investigate simple circuits and identify when a circuit is considered opened or closed. In small groups, they experiment with wires, batteries, and light bulbs to identify how to light the bulb. Students also experiment with a circuit and electric motor and a switch.
Learners examine the concept of electricity, and draw and explain how electrical circuits work. They construct simple circuits, parallel circuits, and add switches to electrical motors to turn them on and off.
Bright and attractive graphics are included to explain how an electric motor works. Along the way, there are a few multiple-choice question slides can be used to pause and evaluate student comprehension. This presentation would be useful if you are preparing high school physical scientists to design electric motors.
Students discover, through the discovery method, how electricity works. They construct a simple circuit and a parallel circuit, make an electrical motor work and add a switch to turn it on and off.
When electric current moves through a magnetic field, a force is created that can actually power a motor. Learn how to build a simple electromagnetic motor by watching this colorful and upbeat video. This episode is the third in a series of videos about electromagnetism and is best viewed after the other two. The opening view provides links to the others.
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Mostly for teacher's use, here are instructions for making a traditional electromagnetic motor and a detailed explanation of how it works.
Strudents construct an operating electric motor while demonstrating electromagnetic principles. They use paper clips, thin wire, 1D size battery and a circular magnet to make an electric motor.
Sixth graders build a working motor. In this lesson on motors, 6th graders use an inquiry method of learning to discover how to create a working electric motor with the supplies given to them. The teacher will guide them as needed. Students integrate math and language arts by writing a lab report and graphing how many times their motor turns in thirty seconds.
Students construct a homopolar motor following certain procedures. In this physics lesson, students explain how generators and motors work. They compare and contrast the characteristics of both.
Students study what an electric generator does and its history. In this energy instructional activity students complete several experiments including building their own electric generator.
In this magnetism worksheet, students review concepts relating to magnetic fields, transformers, galvanometers, and electric motors. This worksheet has 9 fill in the blank and 11 short answer questions.
For this physics worksheet, learners solve 12 problems on DC motor circuit. They make predictions and construct the corresponding circuit to verify if they are correct.
In this electrical circuit worksheet, students answer a series of 20 open-ended questions about AC motor circuits. This worksheet is printable and the answers are revealed online.
In this electrical circuit worksheet, students answer a series of 9 open-ended questions with schematics about motors and how they are used within certain types of electrical circuits. This worksheet is printable and there are on-line answers to the questions.
Instructions for building a simple electromagnetic motor are provided for the teacher. Aside from some sketchy background information and a list of content standards to be met, that is about all you will find in this resource. The motor is a nifty one, but note that directions do not tell how to secure the magnets to the cup. Also, there are no explanations of why this works. If you know the concepts and can explain them, then this is a neat demonstration to do for upper elementary or middle school physical science classes.