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STEAM Project: Tiny Dancers (A Homopolar Motor)

STEAM Project: Tiny Dancers (A Homopolar Motor)
Today we are getting a bit artsy with our science! Does the idea of making a wire sculpture that “dances” entice you……? Tiny Dancers is the third project in our collaborative series STEAM POWER: Empowering kids to explore the world through creative projects. Today’s topic is HARNESS! Because harnessing refers to making use of resources to produce energy we decided to try making a homopolar motor. A homopolar motor is probably the simplest DIY motor you can make. Make motors that dance! This post contains affiliate links to products I love and recommend to my readers. Neodymium magnets are extremely strong and MUST BE KEPT OUT OF REACH OF SMALL CHILDREN! Also please note that these motors do heat up. Note: Before we get started I want you to know that despite this looking very easy there is a fair amount of TWEAK TIME you will need to invest to make this project work! Materials download our template here Instructions Tips MONITOR THESE FOR HEAT! Troubleshooting What’s happening? Looks Like

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