Electric Motor Teacher Resources
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All About Electric Motors
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.
Building an Electric Motor
Students 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 examine the different types of electric motors including their history and classification. In this motor lesson students complete several experiments with different motors.
Simple Electric Motor
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.
New! Generating Ideas for Electricity Generation
Electricity is an integral part of our daily lives, but many energy sources are damaging the environment. Young engineers read about innovations in alternative energy sources, then work in groups to design and build a model of a system to generate energy. Each group presents its design to the class. The lesson plan finishes with everyone discussing the importance of renewable energy resources.
How to Build 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.
Homopolar Motor Experiments
High schoolers 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 compare a stepper motor from a traditional motor. In this physics instructional activity, students summarize how it works. They build their own stepper motor and explore its uses.
Students study what an electric generator does and its history. In this energy lesson students complete several experiments including building their own electric generator.
A Simple Motor
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.
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.
DC Motor Theory
In this physics worksheet, high schoolers solve 12 problems on DC motor circuit. They make predictions and construct the corresponding circuit to verify if they are correct.
AC Motor Theory
In this electrical circuit activity, learners answer a series of 20 open-ended questions about AC motor circuits. This activity is printable and the answers are revealed online.
Ultra-simple Electric Generator
Students read this article to discover the secret to making a generator. They understand that there has been lots of projects for making a simple electric motor, but not for a generator.
In this electric power learning exercise, students read about the relationship between voltage, power and current and use the equation for power to find the voltage, power or current in nineteen problems.
Servo Motor Systems
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.
Brown Bag Science
Students 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.
For 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.
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.
The Left Hand Rule (For Motors)
The left hand rule, also known as Fleming's rule, is covered here with explanations and pictures to help undertanding. Examples of electric motors and generator use are given. A helpful set of slides which will help early physics learners in reaching this level of understanding.