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DC Motor Made Simple—Super Value Laboratory Kit

By: The Flinn Staff

Item #: AP6263 

Price: $35.78

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In the DC Motor Made Simple Laboratory Kit for physical science and physics, build a simple spinning motor using just a magnet, copper wire and a 9-V battery. Excellent hands-on activity.

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In minutes, students can build a simple spinning motor using just a magnet, copper wire and a 9-V battery. Once they learn what makes the motor run, they can experiment with various designs to see who can construct the fastest spinning motor! Excellent hands-on activity to introduce how electricity and magnetism work to generate power. Includes detailed Teacher Notes, reproducible student handouts and all necessary equipment.

Super Value Kit is complete for 30 students working in pairs. All materials are reusable. 9-V battery and 9-V battery clip with alligator clip leads are required for each group and are available separately.


Materials Included in Kit: 
Copper wire, 16-gauge, 8 feet
Ceramic ring magnet, small, 30
Polyurethane, charcoal, 6" x 12", 2
Magnet wire

Correlation to Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)

Science & Engineering Practices

Asking questions and defining problems
Developing and using models
Planning and carrying out investigations
Constructing explanations and designing solutions

Disciplinary Core Ideas

MS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS2.B: Types of Interactions
HS-PS3.A: Definitions of Energy

Crosscutting Concepts

Systems and system models
Structure and function
Stability and change

Performance Expectations

MS-PS2-3. Ask questions about data to determine the factors that affect the strength of electric and magnetic forces
MS-PS2-5. Conduct an investigation and evaluate the experimental design to provide evidence that fields exist between objects exerting forces on each other even though the objects are not in contact
HS-PS2-5. Plan and conduct an investigation to provide evidence that an electric current can produce a magnetic field and that a changing magnetic field can produce an electric current.
HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.