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Energy Unit

Building an Electric Motor

8th Grade

Content Area & Topic: Energy and Engineering

Lesson Overview: In this lab students build an electric motor to demonstrate the basics of energy conversion from electrical to mechanical energy.  They are required to follow directions to build a simple electric motor, make suitable adjustments to make it work, and find electric motors in their surroundings. 

Iowa Core Statements:

  • Understand and apply knowledge of forms of energy and energy conversion.

Content Objectives:

  • Understand the basis of energy conversion from electrical to mechanical.

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