Illumin8 Module 4.3: Motors

Illumin8 Module 4.3: Motors

This session explores the electronics of motors. Students build on their knowledge of energy, and circuits, and explore how:

  • Electric motors transform electrical energy into mechanical energy
  • Magnets play a role in electric motors
  • Two different types of electrical current are harnessed by motors, direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC).

Students learn how to differentiate between DC and AC and what each form is used for. Students will use their knowledge to construct a DC motor powered car as this module’s challenge. Students are encouraged to experiment with different materials, test, and refine their car designs. This challenge helps to further develop teamwork and critical thinking.

The Illumin8 Resources are aimed at 9 – 12 year olds.

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