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In November 2009, Exploratorium After Dark welcomed particle physicist Dr. Austin Richards—aka Dr. MegaVolt. Under the Palace of Fine Arts rotunda, he jousted with a high-voltage Tesla coil, which generated 200,000 volts of electricity and shot 14-foot-long arcs of lightning through the air.

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An introduction to the stripped-down motor, a simple and easy-to-make version of the electric motors found in toys, tools, and appliances.

00:01:16
A detailed description of the simple materials needed to make a stripped-down motor.

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A step-by-step demonstration of how to make the stand for the stripped-down motor.

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A step-by-step demonstration of how to make the coil for the stripped-down motor.

00:01:41
How the stripped-down motor works, including a discussion of how electricity and magnetism combine to drive the machine.

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Troubleshooting tips for making sure your stripped-down motor works well.

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A more detailed explanation of how the stripped-down motor works.