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Shaking Up Some Energy Kit

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Discover how magnetic fields can be used to create electricity by building your own mini, motion-powered generator! Read More

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Build your own mini, motion powered generator!

Have you ever wondered what it takes to create electricity? Science Buddies scientists developed this kit to provide a straightforward and fun introduction to the science of how magnetic fields can be used to create electricity. You will learn about magnetic induction and how it can be used to generate electricity.

This kit includes all the electronic parts you need to build your own mini motion activated generator. Science Buddies easy-to-follow online instructions will support you as you build a basic motion powered generator and experiment with the amount of power generated. How many magnets and how much shaking will it take to light up one LED light? How about two, three, or four LEDs?

Instructions for this kit are available online. See below for links to the instructions and more.

You will also need from home:

  • Safety glasses
  • Cardstock, 8.5 x 11 inch sheet
  • Corrugated cardboard, 3 x 6 inch
  • Scissors
  • Hobby knife or utility knife
  • Ruler
  • Pen or pencil
  • Scotch tape
  • Craft glue
  • Optional: power drill


Instructions are NOT included with the kit, but are available online from Science Buddies.


If you have questions about your kit, please see the following FAQ article from Science Buddies:


Each Shaking Up Some Energy kit contains:

  • 1 30 AWG magnet wire, 1/4 pound spool containing approximately 800 feet of wire
  • 6 12 mm x 3 mm neodymium magnets
  • 10 Red LED lights
  • 1 1.9 x 1.3 inch solderless breadboard
  • 2 Alligator clip leads
  • Fine-grit sandpaper


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