Solar Energy

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CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

With a pair of sunglasses and this kit in hand, kids will find that the paltry power of those little cylinders and the familiar holes in the wall is nothing to that of our nearest star! Children from age eight will learn how to harness the sun's boundless energy as they work with this lab's solar collector, solar heater, focusing lens, and thermometer in over 25 experiments in energy conservation. They'll never squint at the sun quite the same again!

Product Details:
Product Length: 9.1 inches
Product Width: 7.1 inches
Product Height: 2.4 inches
Product Weight: 0.37 pounds
Package Length: 9.1 inches
Package Width: 7.2 inches
Package Height: 2.4 inches
Package Weight: 0.2 pounds
Average Customer Rating: based on 6 reviews
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Average Customer Review:3.0 ( 6 customer reviews )
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14 of 14 found the following review helpful:

4Excellent for hands-on discussions of solar energy!  Sep 04, 2008
By H. Sapiens "Amanda"
I completed the projects in this book with the assistance of a 4 year old and a nearly 10 year old.

This would be an excellent weekend project or home schooler project. It could be easily adapted for use in school - with maybe 1 set per 2-4 children. In our case, it was a weekend project.

In the box are instructions for nearly 20 different projects (although many are redundant - e.g. do it outside, then do it inside) studying the effects of solar energy. Several projects could conceivably be done simultaneously (although some education value might be lost). It took us about 3 laid back days to complete them (with maybe 20-40 m hands-on time).

The first project is to set up the thermometer and mark it. It should have been pre-marked at the 20C mark, which ours was not. This was pretty simple for me to figure out using another thermometer. The book starts you off discussing the various types of energy and why solar energy is so exciting (great discussion topic). The information contained was accurate and appropriate for a wide range of ages (I simplified text for the 4 year old, and asked some follow-ups and gave some examples to clarify things for the 9 year old). The first several projects deal with taking temperatures and do not require the little solar panel - e.g. setting water-filled cups (you provide) on colored paper, white paper and measuring the temperature of the water across several time points, making a mini-water heater.

We did skip some of the redundant projects. However, they are all educational and really useful for engaging their interest in alternative energy sources. Additionally, I had the children predict the outcome at each step - which is useful when discussing scientific method. We talked about solar ovens, hybrid cars, solar powered fountains, solar panels on roofs... Fabulous!

As nothing in the kit is used up, you can come back to the exercises repeatedly. Great price - fun project!

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

3Hours of amusement  Dec 27, 2011
By K. Garrison
Had a number of uses for this toy that were included with it. Was good for an 11 year old boy who is very much into science. This was the best price (returned one I bought at a Science Store for $5 more than the Amazon price)

1 of 1 found the following review helpful:

5Interesting  Apr 09, 2009
By Lissette Berdote-Barroso "Lissypooh14"
I bought this as a x-mas present for an 11 year old. He loved it. Some parts were a bit flimsy, but the end result was pretty cool. =)

3COncept good parts not  Feb 16, 2013
By R. Young "LORD's Servant"
I liked the idea but the parts and all were not made to last. The kids did like the ideas and all but the stuff just broke quite easily but then again we are hard on everything. We can't even keep handles on our coffee cups.

1Cheap  Mar 22, 2014
By Summer Foovay "Demented-Pixie"
Nothing you can't do yourself with a roll of aluminum foil and a 1st grade science book. Has nothing at all to do with solar energy. Basically teaches that sunlight is hot. Duh.

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