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Power House Kit

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Ages: 12+
Grade Levels: 7th+

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Product Code: 645-655
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Power House - Experiment Manual Sample Pages (PDF)

This exceptional kit, with its experiments in sustainable alternative energy, is not only technologically forwardlooking, but also excels in making a difficult topic clear to students. This is accomplished through an engaging storyline and the extensive use of seventy experiments integrating science and mathematics.

The setup has the grown descendants of Robinson Crusoe landing on an island that is fairly bereft of modern technology. To survive, they must learn how to harness the power of the sun and the wind, as well as discover electrochemical and plant energy. By the end of the course, your child will have built twenty different small-scale models, including a model house complete with solar panels, a windmill, greenhouse, and desalination system. He will learn how to convert sunlight into energy, build a hygrometer, test a refrigerator, split water into hydrogen and oxygen, lift pencils with the sun, sail with the wind, by the wind, and against the wind, and examine a mixed-energy vehicle. He will also build and operate a solar cooker, electric motor, power hoist, sail car, and much more! The kit, with solar house and greenhouse parts, LED, solar motor, propellers, iron core, ring magnet, thermometer, test tube holder, copper foil, zinc plate, and literally dozens of other parts, provides you with virtually everything you need. All that is lacking are a few common household items. The ninety-six page Experiment Manual abounds with clear, full-color illustrations.

Is there anything we didn't like about this kit? Well, yes, we did have a couple of quibbles, mostly the result of Power House being produced by a secular company. You should expect sporadic references to evolutionary dating, mild politically/ecologically-correct statements, and an occasional plea from some of the participants to live for the fun of today. Unlike their famous ancestor, these young adults are more concerned about living ecologically than living Biblically. Those of you who enjoyed Robinson Crusoe for both his ingenuity and his reliance on God will be disappointed if you look for a similar dependence here. Ages twelve and up due to the complexity of the models and the delicate nature of some of the components.

Power House includes a 96-page full color manual with 70 experiments and 30 building projects: <
Publisher's Information
Publisher: Thames & Kosmos
Made In: China

CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3yrs.

See what awards Power House has won:
  • 2003 National Parenting Center Seal of Approval
  • 2003 Preferred Choice, Creative Child Magazine
  • Metropolitan Home Magazine's Design 100 award

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