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Build your own Homopolar Motor

Build your own Homopolar Motor

Build Your Own Homopolar Motor: A Homeschool Science Project

For all ages with adult supervision.

Embark on an electrifying journey through science with this hands-on homeschool project! Create your very own Homopolar Motor using simple materials. This project is perfect summer break experiment for young scientists eager to explore the fundamentals of physics and electromagnetism. 

Materials Needed:

  • 1 AA battery
  • 1 Neodymium magnet (approximately 1/2 inch in diameter)
  • 16 gauge bare copper wire

Objective: The goal of this project is to build a Homopolar Motor, a fascinating device that demonstrates the principles of electromagnetism. By constructing this motor, students will gain a deeper understanding of how electricity and magnetism can create motion, learn about the historical figure Michael Faraday, and explore the concept of the Lorentz Force.

This project not only teaches the principles of electromagnetism but also honors the legacy of Michael Faraday. By building the Homopolar Motor, students experience firsthand the wonders of science and the thrill of discovery. It’s a perfect blend of history, physics, and fun that will spark a lifelong interest in learning.

Safety Note: Always supervise young scientists during experiments. Ensure the wire does not get too hot and handle the neodymium magnet with care to avoid pinching fingers.

 

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