The Make to Learn Electric Motor Design Sequence

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Glen Bull
Joe Garofalo
Michael Littman
Matthew Hoffman


Make to Learn Invention Kits allow students to reconstruct working models of historic inventions. This design case describes the development of a series of Make to Learn Electric Motor Invention Kits that spans the time frame from development of the first patented electric motor in the United States to contemporary brushless motors. The design process is described and design decisions that led to the final sequence of electric motor kits are summarized.

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Bull, G., Garofalo, J., Littman, M., & Hoffman, M. (2018). The Make to Learn Electric Motor Design Sequence. International Journal of Designs for Learning, 9(1), 1-13.
Author Biographies

Glen Bull, University of Virginia

Glen Bull is a professor in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia.

Joe Garofalo, University of Virginia

Joe Garofalo is an associate professor of mathematics education in the Curry School of Education at the University of Virginia and co-director of the Make to Learn Laboratory.

Michael Littman

Michael Littman is a professor of engineering at Princeton University and principle investigator for the Joseph Henry Project at Princeton

Matthew Hoffman

Matthew Hoffman is an educational specialist at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History.