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Useful links for online educational resources for younger folk wanting to learn electronics, science and code. Read more

Inventors Kit 1: Motor Madness

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Motors are used to convert electrical energy into rotational motion. There are motors in so many devices you might use every day - look around your house: what items do you think have motors in them? Why are they needed? Read more

Inventors Kit 2: Wobbly Wrobot

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In this activity we will make a wobbly robot! Read more

Inventors Kit 3: Spin-Art

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This time we will use the motor to make a spinning wheel, which you can use to show off patterns you design or that can be used to make 'spin-art'. You will need your wobbly wrobot that we built previously. This time we will not need the nut, as we don't want it to wobble this time! You might also... Read more

Inventors Kit 4: Solar Spinner

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We are now going to use the solar panel to power our motor with the sun, no batteries required! This time we want to use two cable connector block to connect the solar panel directly to the motor, as shown here. If you put on the motor connector to the motor then you can see the motor spinning more easily.... Read more

Inventors Kit 5: Solar Light

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We are going to make a light that is powered by the sun! We need to use the little LED which is in your kit: it has a clear plastic case and two small wires. An LED is a Light Emitting Diode. It is a very efficient light. You might see some on devices around your house. They can be... Read more

Inventors Kit 6: Solar Flower

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In this activity we are going to make a solar power flower. This can be put outside in the garden or on a window sill and will spin around when the sun hits the solar panel.  First we need to wire up the motor to the solar panel, just like we did for the solar spinner. We are also going... Read more

Inventors Kit 7: Sunlight indicator

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In this activity we are going to investigate how much sunlight the is each day. To do this we are going to built two different types of sunlight indicator. These will give an idea of how bright the sun is and can be used for further experiments! Solar Dial We are going to need the solar PV connected to the... Read more

Inventors Kit 8: Solar Music Maker

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Let's make some noise! We are making a solar powered chime, which will give us an audiable indication of how sunny it is. I added a stick to the motor to hit some bottles with different levels of water to create some chimes. What else could you play with your solar motor? What instruments could you adapt to play with... Read more

Inventors Kit 9: Solar Powered Car

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In this activity we are going to build a soalr powered car. This uses the motor to spins some wheels and make our car move! The main issue with making our car is that the motor is not very powerful. This means we have to make sure the car is as efficient as possible and that any friction is low.... Read more


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