Age range: 11-14
Duration: 60 or more mins
  • D&T
  • Engineering
  • Physics

Motor madness

Make a simple electronic motor using magnetism

This activity sheet was developed with the support and participation of the School of Engineering at Cardiff University.

A magnetic field creates a force on charges moving within that field. One of the most important practical applications of magnetic fields is electric motors. These are devices that convert electrical work into mechanical work, in the form of rotary motion. Electric motors are used in a huge variety of applications.

Activity info,  teachers’ notes and curriculum links

This activity provides an engaging practical lesson where students assemble a simple electric motor from everyday items. This develops understanding of how electric motors function and how magnetism can be used in practical applications.

The activity sheet includes teacher notes, guidance, useful web links, and links (where appropriate) to the national curriculum in each of the four devolved UK nations; England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

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Motor madness activity description, teachers' notes and curriculum links.



Follow the steps to build a simple electronic motor.

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