Did you know you can make a simple motor by connecting a coil of wire to a battery?
With the Electric Motor and Generator kit, you can build your own electromagnet motor that spins because of the attracting and repelling properties of magnets. After creating a working Beakman motor, you can investigate how changes to the design of the motor cause it to spin at different speeds—or in different directions! The kit also comes with enough components to enable you to explore even further by building a small generator capable of lighting up several LED lights!
Directions for three different projects (a simple Beakman motor and two generator building projects) are available on the Science Buddies website.
Each kit contains:
1 Bolt, long; 2 Compasses (rotating magnets) l 1 Cork 6 Disc Magnets 3 Hex Nuts 3 Iron cores, soft 1 Iron filings, tube 2 Latch magnets 2 LED (light emitting diode) 1 Magnet wire on a spool 2 Nails, 4d common 2 Nails, 4d finishing 2 Nails, 6d finishing 1 Nail, 16d common 6 Neodymium magnets 2 Paperclips, large 6 Paperclips, small 2 Plates for rotors 2 Plastic tubes, 1 ½” 1 Sandpaper, sheet of fine 2 Screws, long wood 2 Screws medium wood 4 Screws, small wood (for the plates) 1 Spring 1 Wood block, predrilled
Instructions for this kit are available online, see Additional Information for links to the instructions and more.
- Additional Information
Instructions are available online: Electric Motor and Generator Kit Instructions
For troubleshooting tips please see: Frequently Asked Questions
MSDS N/A Area of Science Electricity & Electronics Grade Level Grades 6-8, Grades 9+ SKU DOW-2000-KIT NGSS Alignment MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5