Our most recent science project was to design and create something using a small motor. The term something is used intentionally. Students were encouraged to come up with a design for an object that interested them and showed their understanding of the motor. Having a an open theme for the final creations gave students a lot of freedom in design.
Objectives for this lesson included:
- Understanding how small motors worked
- Understanding the mechanics of the magnetic rotation
- Following the design process, start to finish
- Trying, fixing, and revising designs
We had a staff with a spinning start on top.
We had a mini-mounted submarine made with a water proof case.
There was a working elevator.
A "merch" gun. A machine built to shoot confetti. It was surprisingly effective.
We even had a rabbit that ate a spinning carrot.
The designs were amazing. All in all we had some really well executed creations.