Solar toys and the application to sustainable architecture

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6-in -one solar toy 

Solar powered toy – 6-in-one: Application to sustainable architecture.

Description: This tutorial illustrates the 6-in-one Solar Robot Kit (Toy); namely a solar puppy, solar revolving plane, solar boat, and solar sled, etc. It continues to explore the alternative practical application of these solar components for sustainable architecture.  

Keywords: solar power, wind turbine, electrical motor, sustainable architecture, solar toy, testing solar, design and visual communication, photovoltaic panel, dynamo, batteries, electrical wires, electronic timer, electronics.

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Below a video tutorial created by the author specifically with the 6-in-one solar toy in mind. 

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SPACE MOBILE BY GREENEX (SOLAR POWERED CAR) 

Product Overview

The Greenex Solar Space Mobile helps kids learn about solar energy, solar panels, and clean, green renewable energy sources. This science kit is easy for kids to snap together, and the car operates on natural sunlight or on batteries when indoors. This eco-friendly toy provides hours of fun learning. For ages 8 and older. 

The Greenex Series of products connect the environment to amazing science experiments. Smartly designed, each Greenex kit allows kids to snap the pieces together with ease. Simply snap all key components and modules together and then pull them apart once finished. Encourages kids to experiment on their own for additional learning. Best of all, each kit can snap to another to integrate functions for double (triple, quadruple) the fun. 

  • - Provides hands-on learning about clean, renewable energy sources
  • - Kids learn how solar energy can be harnessed and used as an energy source
  • - Easy for kids to snap together
  • - Pulls apart for easy storage
  • - Recommended for kids ages 8 and older


SPACE MOBILE-SOLAR TOY: APPLICATION FOR SUSTAINABLE ARCHITECTURE.

Description:

The tutorial explains the exploration of the space mobile (solar toy) and endeavours to explain how tinkering and hacking by students could improve architectural design skills. The focus is on passive solar architectural design, and ‘The Sliding House’ (ref: therusselhouse.org) is used to illustrate movement. Bio-mimetics: A turtle is used to describe the sliding house (‘shell’ slides over the body). The tutorial includes the following areas: Sustainable architecture, passive solar design, movement, rack and pinion, batteries, photovoltaic panels, electric motor, electric car, gears, eccentric, breadboard (electronics), oscillator, chain, heatsink, thermal mass, shading, Bluetooth connectivity, and simple programming.     

Keywords:

Sustainable architecture, sliding house, passive solar design, movement, rack and pinion, batteries, photovoltaic panels, electric motor, electric car, gears, eccentric, breadboard (electronics), oscillator, chain, heatsink, thermal mass, shading, Bluetooth connectivity, simple programming. 

SOLAR GRASSHOPPER: SOLAR KIT TO ILLUSTRATE HOW SOLAR POWER WORKS TO SPIN AN ECCENTRIC (OFF-CENTERED WEIGHT). 

Description: The solar grasshopper illustrates how energy from the sun is harvested. An electric motor is powered by the sun’s energy and spins an off-centred little weight to provide vibration. The vibration provides the movement to the grasshopper. It is a great toy, or kit, to introduce Design and Visual Communication students to solar power and sustainable architecture.  

Keywords: Solar power, harvesting energy from the sun, eccentric, off-centered weight, electrical motor, vibration, solar panel, photovoltaic panel, movement, sustainable architecture, and design and visual communication.

See more at  https://wvanzylacademic.atavist.com/ and on the YouTube channel.

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