Create a Simple Electric Motor with a Nail, magnet and battery

Have you ever wondered how a simple electric motor works?

From toy LEGO robots to cool drones that fly miles up, or Tesla cars that go 400 miles on a charge, electric motors are all around us.

Today, we’re going to build our own simple electric motor and explore another way that a little electricity, magnetism and engineering can make objects move the way we want them to!

Come join us at 1130 🙂

Dr. Erica and Evan

— Links: Livestream @ 1130

Thursday: Simple Electric Motor (Physics)

Activity: Make a super simple electric motor

Bring your inner artist to class as we learn how magnets and electricity can create moving sculptures!


  • AA battery
  • Neodydium magnets
  • Screws or nails (test to make sure they are attracted to the magnets)

Supplies for tomorrow’s paper circuits

  • LEDs (single color is easiest)
  • Scotch tape
  • Copper tape
  • CR2032 Battery
  • Paper clips
  • Thread
  • Paper
  • Cardboard box (like a cereal box)
  • Scissors
  • Markers