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Student Team Member - Magnificent Mini Motor Project

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ORGANIZATION: The Shoulders of Giants, Inc.

  • 5 people are interested

The Shoulders of Giants is seeking high school student volunteers (9th-11th grade) to work alongside our Technical Mentor team in developing a motor design that will be used in an educational setting to teach young students (elementary-middle school age) about electromagnetism.

Students who have an interest in mechanical or electrical engineering may join this team, but no prior experience in these fields is necessary. This project is sponsored by IEEE (Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers). This volunteer opportunity is open to high school students only.

Project Title: Magnificent Mini Motors

Short Abstract: Learn about the basics of electromagnetism and mechanical design to design a motor that can drive a car, turn a fan, or some other application.

Technical Relevance of the Project

To help educate students on:

  • The fundamentals of electromagnetism and the structure of DC motors.
  • Motor control and the circuit design of motor controllers.
  • Designing a DC motor optimized for a real-life use application.
  • 3D and circuit design.
  • Building a prototype by implementing and modifying your design.

Educational Motivation

Our volunteer Technical Mentors will provide all the background knowledge needed for this team to be a success. In the first 3 weeks, engineers Grace Zhang and Osvaldo Cardona will lead a lecture series to help our student volunteer team know the basics of electromagnetism, mechanical CAD, and project management so they can be effective team contributors.

Project Deliverables:

A functional brushed DC motor kit that introduces the fundamentals of electromagnetism and mechanical design to a middle school audience in a classroom setting. The components and materials used to construct the motor should be inexpensive, easy to acquire, and present no hazard to users. Documentation and curriculum materials provided with the motor design should include a full bill of materials, presentation materials for instructors, and step-by-step instructions for students. The assembly of and activities involving the motor should be able to be completed by students with minimal instructor assistance. The motor should be hand-wound by students. The motor design in the kit should include all of the major components of a typical commercial brushed DC motor to help students learn about real-world motor design, and the motor should be sealed to the outside world when fully assembled. The assembled DC motor should be comparable to a small commercial DC motor. The kit should include an Electronic Speed Control (ESC) board that allows for speed control. The kit should also include additional parts that will be powered by the motor as a demonstration.

Stretch goal: brushed and brushless comparison, speed torque curve, application of motor

For more specific information about this project, email Grace Zhang - or Osvaldo Cardona -

For volunteering questions, email Kareena Chawla at

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About The Shoulders of Giants, Inc.


5435 N. Garland Ave, #140-514, Garland, TX 75040, US

Mission Statement

The Shoulders of Giants, Inc. (TSoG), a Dallas-based nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation, was founded in 2013 on the belief that world-class science education should be available to all students of all ages. Since its inception, TSoG has provided opportunities for thousands of students across North Texas to experience science first-hand and broaden their horizons through the guidance of Dr. Steven J. Foland, an accomplished engineer, and educator.


Statement of Need

For many students, there exists a gap between their aspirations to pursue STEM careers and their preparedness for university-level STEM rigor. Knowing how to fill those gaps is industry-specific and out-of-scope for most high school academic environments. By linking project-based learning to industry pathways, we help students address two key questions: "What do I need to learn?" and "Why do I need to learn this?"

STEM mentorship provided by The Shoulders of Giants can help students grow toward the following educational objectives:

  • Technical Confidence - By working on the many cross-disciplinary projects that TSoG has to offer, students gain many valuable, practical skills they can be proud of.
  • Lifelong Learning - By engaging with passionate technical professionals, students are exposed to the reality that learning is a lifetime commitment - not something that ends upon graduation.
  • Career Satisfaction - By giving students experience on technical pathways, we empower them to make more informed decisions about their future careers.
  • Sense of Service - By providing projects designed to provide tangible benefits to others, we encourage students to view STEM fields as more than just career paths - they are also opportunities to use our skills to give back.


Children & Youth
Computers & Technology
Education & Literacy
Children & Youth, Computers & Technology, Education & Literacy


Fri Apr 01, 2022 - Thu Jun 30, 2022


This is a Virtual Opportunity with no fixed address.


  • Mentoring
  • Critical Thinking
  • Project Management
  • Mechanical Engineering
  • STEM


  • Teens


  • Must be at least 14
  • 2-4 hours/week
  • Must be a high school student - 9th-12th grade.

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