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Carolina STEM Challenge®: Motors Kit

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Students investigate how electric motors use electric and magnetic interactions to convert electrical energy to kinetic energy and address the engineering problem, "What changes can be made to make a simple motor spin faster?" Design teams are guided to build and test a simple electromagnetic motor prototype. During the Design Challenge, teams brainstorm ways to modify the motor design, performing trade-offs and adjusting parameters to maximize the revolutions per minute of the wire coil. Design teams build new motors to improve performance, incorporating ideas from brainstorming. The activity concludes with a classroom competition of their engineered motors.

Time Requirement
Total, 285 minutes. Teacher prep, 45 minutes. Prototyping and design challenge, 150 minutes. Design challenge presentation and assessment, 90 minutes.

Digital Resources
Includes 1-year access to digital resources that support 3-dimensional instruction for NGSS. Digital resources may include a teacher manual and student guide, pre-lab activities and setup videos, phenomenon videos, simulations, and post-lab analysis and assessments.

Performance Expectation(s)

Crosscutting Concepts
Cause and Effect

Disciplinary Core Ideas
HS.PS2.B: Types of Interactions

Science and Engineering Practices
Constructing Explanations and Designing Solutions

Learning Objectives

  • Apply principles of electromagnetism to design, build, and evaluate a simple electric motor.
  • Refine and optimize the performance of the electric motor to maximize its rpm, varying parameters.
  • Learn and practice the engineering cycle to meet specific performance criteria.
  • Communicate ideas about the process, design, and results in a clear, coherent presentation.

Prerequisite Knowledge and Skills
Prior knowledge of magnets, magnetic fields, electromagnets, electric motors, and energy transformations are useful.

WARNING: Neodymium magnets have a very strong magnetic field. Use with caution. Seek immediate medical attention if magnet is swallowed.


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