SOLAR MECHANICS – Solar Engineering Toys | Age 8+
Award-winning introduction to Solar Energy.
- For start-up Solar Engineers. Age 8+
- Understand how to convert energy from sunlight into mechanical energy.
- Build more than 20 solar-powered models including cars, windmills and robots.
Be part of the Future!
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SOLAR MECHANICS – Solar Engineering toys | Age 8+
Creative Solar Engineering Toys – SOLAR MECHANICS
By Thames & Kosmos, USA
The 21 Century focus. For young Leaders of the future.
Our children are gifted with the power to invent and achieve amazing technological feats. Most of all, it’s through creative play that they learn how to exploit these skills.
SOLAR MECHANICS: Ever wondered what ‘clean energy’ and ‘renewable energy’ are all about? And how the ‘free’ energy from the sun’s rays collected in our roof-top solar cells is actually converted into power for the machines in our homes? Also what this key energy technology of the future will be like? Well, here are real and practical lessons, with creative solar engineering toys such as this award-winning SOLAR MECHANICS kit – Solar engineering toys.
So what is Solar Power?
The main source of all energy on Earth is from the sun which puts out sunlight. Solar power is power generated directly from sunlight. Solar power can be used for heat energy or converted into electric energy.
Solar power doesn’t use up any of the Earth’s resources like coal or oil, which are often called ‘Fossil fuels’. Fossils, are the remains of plants and animals that lived thousands of years ago, usually found deep under water or under the earth’s surface.
This makes solar power the main source of renewable energy. Solar power is ‘clean energy’ that doesn’t generate a pollution.
Some other sources of renewable energy are Wind (wind farms and windmills), Water (hydropower from dams), Geothermal (heat from under the earth) and Biomass (from rotting grass, wood waste, manure, etc).
Solar Power for Heat
Solar power can be used to heat up homes and buildings. Active heating uses mechanical components to help move the heat around. The sun could be used to heat up water or air that is then pumped around a building to provide even heat to all the rooms.
Solar Power for Electricity
When most of us think of solar power, we think of the solar cells that turn rays of sunshine into electricity. Solar cells are also called photovoltaic or PV cells. The word ‘photovoltaic’ comes from the word “photons”, which are particles that make up sunlight, as well as the word “volts”, which is a measurement of electricity.
Solar energy now increasingly powers a variety of advanced devices. But in future, due to technological advances in power storage (eg. batteries), solar energy will transform countless devices that we already use today. They range from smartphones and air-conditioners to cars, airplanes and medical sciences. These are everyday things to the extraordinary.
SOLAR MECHANICS kit: With this set of solar engineering toys you can power dozens of electric vehicles and devices. Build more than 20 solar-powered models including cars, trucks, planes, windmills, waterwheels, robots & other devices.
• the use of solar power in a fun, hands-on way
• how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into mechanical energy
• conduct experiments with the solar cell to see how different placement angles, different light levels, different sources of light, and different loads affect its operation.
The SOLAR MECHANICS solar engineering toys kit includes:
• a unique photo-voltaic cell and electronic motor joined together in one compact unit.
• a 60-page, full-colour experiment manual. It provides step-by-step illustrated instructions for the building projects and experiments.
Experiment Manual: Click here
• Parents’ Choice Gold Winner
No batteries required
Box Dimensions: 33 x 22 x 7 cm
WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3.