Here is some general information on Electric Motors: http://www.answers.com/topic/electric-motor Wondering where to find some of the Materials used in this Project: Copper Wire http://www.amazon.com/Magnet-Enameled-Copper-0-0109-Diameter/dp/B000IJYRQQ/ref=pd_sbs_indust_2 Insulated Wire http://www.amazon.com/Wire-Roll-Insulated-Kynar-Blue/dp/B000PDO1B6/ref=sr_1_1?s=industrial&ie=UTF8&qid=1313764918&sr=1-1 Neodymium Magnets ...
Here is a fun way to explore the inner workings of a simple motor. This is a great project for use in the classroom or at home. Making your own Motor is an excellent introduction into the world of technology.
Step 1: Materials and tools you will need to create a simple Motor
Cut a length of copper wire (between 2 and 3ft) using a pair of wire cutters.
Use a AA Battery as a winding template; begin winding the Copper Wire around the AA Battery (Make sure to leave about two inches of wire trailing off one end of the coil).
Continue winding the Copper Wire around the AA Battery; make sure that you wind a nice tight coil.
Leave a length of wire (two inches) trailing from your coil after winding the Copper Wire around the AA Battery 15 times.
Wrap the trailing ends of wire around your coil two or three times. This will hold the coil in place (its important to wrap the ends directly across from each other; balance is key in creating a good motor)
The two ends that are trailing off the completed coil need to have the enamel sanded off of the Copper Wire (this is extremely important because the more enamel you remove the better electrical connection you are able to make between the AA Battery and the Motor).
(This step is even more important than the first) Start by sanding only ONE SIDEof the trailing ends of Copper Wire. (Only ONE SIDE)
The other trailing end of Copper Wire needs to have all of the enamel completely sanded off. (Remember, the more wire you expose the better the connection)
Rest your Copper Coil onto the Paper Clip Shelves (make sure that the exposed ends of the Copper Coil are making contact with the Paper Clips).
Attach the ends of your exposed insulated wires to the ends of your AA Battery (Be careful with this step because the Battery can sometimes get Hot, it helps to tape the exposed wires to the Battery).
The Copper Coil may start spinning on its own, but it may require a nudge before it starts spinning.
If your Copper Coil does not continue spinning you may need to sand the ends of the Copper Coil better, you may need to adjust the Coil to be more balanced, you may need to adjust your Paper Clip Shelves to place the Coil closer to the Magnet, you may need to attach the Exposed ends of the Insulated Wire to the Battery, you may need to etc...Adjustment while Testing is the key to creating a proper working Motor.