Materials List: Get Your Motor Running

Each group needs:

  • 1 D-cell battery
  • 1 wide rubber band
  • 2 large paperclips (metal, with no coating)
  • 1 rectangular-shaped ceramic magnet (available large hardware stores such as Home Depot)
  • 43.5 in (111 cm) medium-gauge magnet wire; magnet wire is copper wire insulated with a polymer-based film, or red enamel, not plastic; available at large hardware or electronics stores such as Radio Shack
  • Student Instructions Handout

For the entire class to share:

  • fine sandpaper
  • needle-nose pliers or wire cutters
  • (optional) a few compasses
  • thread