Kids whose interests are in learning new things from exciting activities or programs should definitely look for some interesting solar energy projects appropriate for their age. These are projects that adolescents and teenagers are capable of doing as they do not require any special or very complicated technology.
There are a significant number of schools, universities, and other organizations that offer great solar energy projects for kids. Here are some examples of solar energy projects or activities with brief descriptions to help one understand what exactly the project is about.
Sun Chaser Program Solar Kits. This program is offered by the New Mexico Solar Energy Association (NMSEA) – a non-profit education organization established in 1972. The Sun Chaser Program involves a mobile trailer that contains solar kits such as solar oven, fuel cell demo, solar panel and fan, small and larger PV systems, and other interesting solar projects such as a solar home model. Upon request, the trailer may visit specific schools or areas within New Mexico for demonstrations.
Rainbow Pinwheel. This is a very simple project, designed for kids 4 years old and above, that shows the nature of white light. It can also be extended learn about complementary colors. The materials needed are readily available and the procedures are easy to follow.
Melting Ice Cubes. This project aims to make the kids understand the heat absorbing capacity of each color background as demonstrated by the melting of the ice cubes during the experiment. This experiment is for kids aged 4 and above.
Solar Oven. This is a very simple project that would show the power of solar energy. In this project, the heat of the sun is absorbed and concentrated in one small space where a cooking pot can be placed to heat water, toast bread, or cook rice.
Water Purification. Kids 8 years old and above can do this project which demonstrates how the sun can be used to purify water that have been mixed with salt and other household items such as curry powder and sugar.
All of the programs mentioned above are easy to do and involve materials that are readily available. Kids will surely enjoy performing these activities. Parents couldn’t ask for anything more as their children not only enjoy but at the same time learn precious knowledge in doing them.
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