SOLAR ENERGY KITS FOR KIDS

SOLAR DRIVE

Build a Solar car or other solar-driven inventions on recycled materials.

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WE ARE SOLARDRIVEN!

Solar Power-take-offs for serious solar invention! SolarDrive II and SoRun kits.

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SUNNYSIDE UP!

Our simplest solar car, run by sun, with wooden wheels grown by sunlight!

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SunWind on the News

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Solar Energy Activities

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A Postage Stamp of Sunlight

This exercise lets children directly feel the energy in sunlight. A dowel shaft … [Read More...]

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Solar Day Clock

Activity: Children build a two-dimensional model of our planet rotating in … [Read More...]

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Smooth Black Stone

Gather three smooth black stones, as like to each other as … [Read More...]

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Solar Tracking Device

Solar panels produce direct current electricity - a flow of electrons in one … [Read More...]

More Lessons and Fun Ideas

Solar Enery Notes and Links

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Solar Energy

We live in the glow of a star named Sol, and we call it Solar … [Read More...]

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Solar Optics

Solar Energy Safety Messages You would not ordinarily look directly at the Sun, because it can blind you. Similarly, use caution when concentrating … [Read More...]

The Dymaxion Map, as invented by Buckminster Fuller, shows the Earth in two dimensions with no visible distortion of land sizes. Can be cut out, folded, and assembled into a globe.

Solar Mechanics

Earth spins as it orbits its energy source. Because of the tilt of the daily spinning Earth, and its elliptical orbit as it spirals yearly around the … [Read More...]

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Climate Change

Concerns about Climate Change (a.k.a. Global Heating) arose because pollution from our combustion activities is changing the composition of the gases … [Read More...]

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Solar Heat

SOLAR CONSTANT The energy density of solar radiation at Earth's distance from the Sun (150,000,000 kilometers) averages 1361 joules per second per … [Read More...]

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Solar Energy Uses

TO TELL TIME Our sense of time is marked by how and where we perceive the Sun, as our tilted planet spins. Yearly our planet orbits the Sun, and, as … [Read More...]

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Solar Electricity

Solar Cells - How They Work Solar cells are made of silicon, one of the most abundant elements on Earth (after oxygen and iron). Pure silicon forms … [Read More...]

Tying the Sun to Earth's electrical grid

Solar Storage

Solar Power Distribution and Electrical Storage Photovoltaic panels are relatively portable, and the number of them can be matched to the site … [Read More...]

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Solar Cars and Boats

Solar Cars Honda dream, the winning car in the 1996 World Solar Challenge. "...Around the World with the Sun!"  The young Swiss adventurer, … [Read More...]

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Off-Site Educational Links

How the World Works "Looking at it as the spaceship that it is, there’s just one spaceship here. It’s the only one we’re going to get. What are the … [Read More...]

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