An eager, and enthusiastic young man from Pennsylvania brought my attention to this awesome Science project: How to Make a Simple Motor at Home
It excites me to see young people so enthusiastic about Science, and I am happy to pass along his information in hopes that it will inspire others!
A common fallacy is that motors are complex systems that can only be manipulated by scientists and engineers. This cannot be further from the truth; ordinary people can make their own motors by using simple and inexpensive household materials. The concept of a motor is actually very simple; all it requires is an electric current passing through a wire coil to form an electromagnet. When the electromagnet contacts a permanent magnet, the coil will spin and create a motor. Here are instructions on how to make a simple motor at home. (from PartsGeek.com)
Hope you'll consider trying this one out!!