Details

Serves 5-15 students (5 Houses). Recommended age range between 4-12th grade. Approximately 4-5 class periods required.

Build a Solar Town with five small solar powered houses, then learn basic circuitry to wire them with lights, motors, switches, and power storage devices. Use a single house to learn about energy consumption and efficiency, and connect all of the houses to model the electrical grid. A great activity to model real world applications, and then participate in the Solar House Design Challenge.

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Contents
  • 6 solar panels (2V, 400mA)
  • 5 boxes
  • 10 AA batteries
  • 5 battery packs
  • 10 LED white Christmas lights
  • 10 LED colorful Christmas lights
  • 10 incandescent colorful Christmas lights
  • Roll of uncoated wire
  • 10 pairs clamp wires
  • Pack of rectangular tags
  • 1 yard aluminum tape
  • 5 switches
  • 3 supercapacitors
  • 3 diodes
  • 5 motors
  • 5 motor wheels
  • 2 buzzers
  • 1 pack foam sheets
  • 1 wire stripper
  • 1 multimeter

Solar Panel Specs

  • Dimensions: 120mm x 62mm x 2.8mm
  • Voc > 2.4V
  • Isc > 472mA
  • Power at Nominal Output > 0.8W
  • Cell Efficiency: 16.8%
  • Tested at 38000 LUX