Young Scientist of the Year competition pays tribute to inventor of electric motor

By Ruth Hazard | 28 September 2012
Michael Faraday invented the electric motor 200 years ago in the Royal Institution labs
Teen brainiacs are set to gather for the Royal Institution’s L'Oréal Young Scientist of the Year competition next month, where they will be challenged to complete tasks using electromagnetism in honour of inventor Michael Faraday.

Marking 200 years since Faraday completed his invention in the Royal Institution labs, 16 Key Stage 4 finalists will be asked to build and test three different types of electric motors to understand the application of electricity.

They will then make a wind turbine and test its efficiency in order to highlight the importance of sustainable energy in the 21st Century.

Finalists in this year's competition will also be given the rare opportunity to inspect Faraday’s first electric motor and the notebook that details his discoveries.

“Today, inspiring the Faradays of tomorrow is even more important,” says David Porter, the Manager of the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre.

“Our work at the L’Oréal Young Scientist Centre aims to inspire creativity and passion for science, and we’re delighted to be celebrating our third anniversary by connecting the past and future generations of scientists.”

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