Use in classes addressing the following topics:
Science, Renewable Energies, Green Building, Architecture & Drawing, possibly Physics.
Specific concepts addressed with these sets:
Study the principle behind a hammer-forge and sawmill powered by water energy. Build a model of a sawmill to explore its functions. Next learn about converting water energy into electricity with a water turbine, then build a working model to study the principles behind it and how it functions.
Examine the principle behind a windmill turning kinetic energy into rotational energy. Build a model of a windmill to study its function. Learn how wind energy is converted into electricity with a generator. Convert your windmill model into a wind power station to study how this occurs.
What is it? Learn about converting solar energy into electricity and the principle behind how a solar cell works. Build a ventilating fan to see how this occurs—experiment with brightness needed to make the motor turn, and use an ampere-meter and volt-meter (not included) to measure the voltage at which the motor begins to turn and what current is flowing.
Build additional solar powered models of a Ferris wheel with a gear system, a bicycle rider and a helicopter. Answer questions and perform experiments with each.
Next, build a solar powered vehicle and experiment with brightness needed to cause vehicle to travel, and with the effect light intensity has on speed. Build a solar charging station and convert the vehicle to an electric vehicle with a Goldcap Energy storage unit.
w/ Hydro Cell Kit (sold separately):
Build a second solar powered vehicle, and a solar saw to experiment with both parallel and series connections of solar modules.
Study inverse –parallel connection of solar modules by building a model of a parking barrier. Students are to draw a sketch to clearly show how reversing the rotational direction of the motor in this model occurs when one solar module is darkened.
Solar Tracking---learn the principle behind how solar tracking works by constructing a model of a solar tracker.
Parallel connection of fuel cell and solar modules—build a model of a pump to experiment with how such a connection functions both in full sunlight and in it’s absence.
“Standards for Technological Literacy”as developed by the International Technology Education Association (ITEA):
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