Electric Motor and Generator

Electric Motor and Generator
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There is no better way to learn about motors and generators than by building them. With this kit you can build a simple electric motor and learn how varying the magnets impacts performance, or build a generator and see how many LED’s it can power.

Ideal for grades 6+


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

Area of Science Electricity & Electronics
Grade Level Grades 6-8, Grades 9+
NGSS Alignment MS-PS2-3, MS-PS2-5