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Solar Engine - Radiometer
Solar Engine - Radiometer
07323

• Demonstrates the sun's energy.
• When in sunlight, the vanes rotate at a high rate of speed.
• When in darkness the vanes cease movement altogether
• Shows how solar energy can be converted into motor energy.
• Shows students the bombardment of molecules within a near vacuum.
• Comes with complete sheet cataloging known and unknown factors about energy.


Demonstrates the sun's energy. When in sunlight or artificial light, the vanes rotate at a high rate of speed. When in darkness the vanes cease movement altogether, showing the simple principle of energy from the sun can be converted into motor energy. This device gives your students the benefit of seeing the bombardment of molecules within a near vacuum. Comes with complete sheet cataloging known and unknown factors about energy. Our Radiometer is made from a glass bulb from which much of the air has been removed. Inside the bulb, on a low-friction spindle, is a rotor with 4 vanes. Each vane has one blackened side and one silvered side; one black vane features a white dot in order to count rotations easily.

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$11.50 Each
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Thames and Kosmos Solar-Powered RoversThames and Kosmos Solar-Powered Rovers
Thames and Kosmos Solar-Powered Rovers
17124

The sun’s energy can be used to do some pretty astonishing things! Get ready to explore the amazing capabilities of solar energy by building your own solar-powered vehicles and devices. Using a system of ultralight bamboo rods, plastic gears, and a powerful solar panel, you’ll build five different motorized models that that move using electricity generated directly from sunlight. Construct three types of solar cars, a solar fan, and a solar robot. Perform science experiments with each model to learn about gear ratios, solar cells, and more. The ultralight materials make your models speedy and durable while the modular gearing system lets you test out three different gear ratios.

Ages: 8+
Experiments: 5
Piece Count: 54
Manual Pages: 16

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$17.95 $19.95
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Thames and Kosmos Solar Boat Kit
Thames and Kosmos Solar Boat Kit
17028

• Construct a solar-electric boat
• Build a solar catamaran driven by a fanboat-like propeller
• Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity

Construct a solar-electric boat and five additional models using an innovative motor module that can be powered by a solar cell or batteries. Build a solar catamaran driven by a fanboat-like propeller, a windmill, airplane model, spaceship model, fan, and rocket model. Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity to drive the motor and move your models. Full-color, 32-page color instruction book. 40 building pieces.

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$14.95 Each $24.95 Each
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Thames and Kosmos Solar Car Kit
Thames and Kosmos Solar Car Kit
17027

• Construct a solar-electric car and four additional models
• Build a race car that drives across the floor
• Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity

Construct a solar-electric car and four additional models using an innovative motor module that can be powered by a solar cell or batteries. Build a race car that drives across the floor, a helicopter with spinning rotor blades, a windmill with spinning turbine, a jet plane, and a gyrocopter. Learn how solar cells convert energy from sunlight into electricity to drive the motor and move your models. Full-color, 32-page color instruction book. 30 building pieces.

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$15 Each $24.95 Each
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Thames and Kosmos Solar Thermal Lab Science Kit
Thames and Kosmos Solar Thermal Lab Science Kit
17013

• Build your own simple solar thermal updraft towers
• Collect the sun’s energy and use it to spin five colorful turbines
• Learn about thermal updrafts and solar thermal energy.

Solar thermal energy refers to the technology of collecting solar energy in the form of heat and making it useful, for example, by converting it into electricity or heating homes. Huge solar thermal towers are being installed in sunny places around the world to convert the sun's heat into electricity via turbines powered by hot air. With this kit, you can build your own simple solar thermal updraft towers to collect the sun's energy and use it to spin colorful turbines. Test the solar turbines in various configurations and compare the results from two different towers. Learn about thermal updrafts and solar thermal energy.

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$9.95 Each $14.95 Each
Solar Car
Solar Car
16917

Demonstrates how solar energy and cells work. Has an in-built battery compartment to accept a re-chargeable "AA" battery (not included). Car can run on solar power or on the battery and the battery can be charged. The unit also has a pair of terminals from which a current of 2v dc can be drawn. 5"L x 2.75"W x 3"H.
Demonstrates how solar energy and cells work. Has an in-built battery compartment to accept a re-chargeable "AA" battery (not included). Car can run on solar power or on the battery and the battery can be charged. The unit also has a pair of terminals from which a current of 2v dc can be drawn. 5"L x 2.75"W x 3"H.

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$23.50 Each
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Thames and Kosmos Power House (V2.0)
Thames and Kosmos Power House (V2.0)
15728

Sustainable Living in the 21st Century. Human civilization’s energy consumption is growing. At the same time, the harmful environmental impact of our energy usage is becoming apparent. A massive global effort to adopt renewable energy and use our resources more sustainably has begun. To live sustainably, we must use Earth’s resources at a rate at which they can be replenished, and thus provide for future generations to live as we have.

With this kit, you can learn about alternative energy and sustainable living by conducting 100 experiments and building energy-related models. Build the Power House and then conduct experiments in and around the house. Learn about energy-efficient construction materials and passive house design. Experiment with heating, cooling, conduction, convection, and insulation. Investigate Earth’s climate, the water cycle, and that inexhaustible power plant in the sky: the sun. Test passive solar collection methods with a solar collector. Hook up a photovoltaic solar panel to generate electricity from sunlight. Build wind turbines to extract energy from the wind. Construct a greenhouse and learn about the energy conservation tricks used by plants. Power House provides a comprehensive overview of the many forms of alternative energy, and makes environmental protection and energy conservation issues tangible with hands-on models. The 64-page, full-color experiment manual provides instructions, scientific explanations, and energy-saving tips. Ages 10 and up.

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$89.95 Each $99.95 Each
Sunpower House
Sunpower House
13680

Expand student's understanding of energy costs with this model of a passive solar house. The 11" x 11" x 8" model comes with a detailed Teacher's Guide containing activities in basic science, solar energy, and energy conservation. Grades 3-9.
Expand student's understanding of energy costs with this model of a passive solar house. The 11" x 11" x 8" model comes with a detailed Teacher's Guide containing activities in basic science, solar energy, and energy conservation. Grades 3-9.

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$59.95 Each
Solar Cell - 100mA
Solar Cell - 100mA
12052

A photovoltaic cell in an encapsulated panel to allow handling without breakage normally associated with fragile solar cells. 1" x 3/4". 45v, 100mA
A photovoltaic cell in an encapsulated panel to allow handling without breakage normally associated with fragile solar cells. 1" x 3/4". 45v, 100mA

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$9.95 Each
Solar Energy Kit
Solar Energy Kit
11728

This Kit is designed for use by all who are curious about solar energy. Included: a solar cell, which is encapsulated in a 1 3/4" x 2 7/8" panel. Also included is a 1.5 volt DC motor, a red plastic propeller, and one 12" lead wire. A fun way to acquire basic knowledge about the energy source of the future.
This Kit is designed for use by all who are curious about solar energy. Included: a solar cell, which is encapsulated in a 1 3/4" x 2 7/8" panel. Also included is a 1.5 volt DC motor, a red plastic propeller, and one 12" lead wire. A fun way to acquire basic knowledge about the energy source of the future.

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$23.95 Each