Tuesday, 24 May 2016

First Day (24 May, Tuesday)

What did you do today?
We constructed an experiment to how electricity reacts with a magnetic field, producing a force. Later on, we constructed a DC electric motor from a kit.
What did you learn today?
We learnt about Fleming's left-hand rule and how the coil of a DC electric motor rotates constantly. The rule is generally is used to determine the directions of the force exerted by the magnet, the magnetic field and the direction of the current flow.
How do you feel about today’s activities?
The project was highly interesting and I have truly learnt a lot about the fundamentals of building and understanding DC motors, which can be applied almost anywhere. 

Tuesday, 17 May 2016

Pre-camp (23 May, Monday)

What sounds interesting about this project?
I think that creating a working DC motor is rather interesting, as I have always wondered how a motor works. Perhaps, being able to learn this sector of physics earlier than when it is going to be taught would help me with the topic later in my education. The performance of hands-on activities also sounds appealing, as digging into the basics of creating a working motor looks interesting.

What do you think you can learn from this project?
I think I can learn more about the creation of motors and how they function. I could also learn how a DC motor works and apply this knowledge as well as expand my mind by knowing the fundamentals of a basic electrical component used in everyday life.

Any immediate questions regarding the project?
None. The manual provided has addressed my queries.