Materials List: Keep It Moving!
from Electrons to Electric Motors

Each group needs:

  • battery(ies): 9 volt, D-cell, AA, etc.
  • 4 wheels or disks (wheels must be firmly fastened to axle or the body of the vehicle, but must be able to rotate freely)
  • 2 axles (that is, plastic, metal, wooden dowel rod or like material)
  • 2-3 alligator clip wires
  • electric, DC powered motor (at least one): 1.5V- 9V
  • driving gear (to fit axle) and gears for motor, or one sewing spool (to fit axle) rubber-band.

Vehicle Body:

  • sturdy cardboard, wood, Styrofoam, or plastic

To share with the entire class:

  • double-sided tape
  • electrical and/or regular tape
  • glue gun(s) with glue sticks
  • rulers
  • construction paper
  • markers
  • scissors
  • computer with Internet access and classroom projector, for a teacher demo
  • a toy car or a constructed model, for a teacher demo

For the teacher 's lemon demo:

  • 1-2 lemons,
  • 2 copper wires
  • 2 zinc wires
  • 1 small LED. bulb
  • 3 alligator clip wires