This solar race car experiment kit is a great STEM hands-on learning experience. The kit comes with everything you need to develop and apply the principles of basic physics, mechanics, and solar energy while also developing critical thinking and problem-solving skills.
The solar panel is the central part of solar power systems and is the most valuable. It converts the sun’s radiation into electricity and can drive a car using this free power. The most commonly seen application of solar energy collection outside large-scale agriculture is solar water heating systems. We are seeing these panels more commonly on the roofs of suburban homes, where people are hoping to lessen their carbon footprint and save money on their electricity bills. The term solar panel is used colloquially for a photo-voltaic (PV) module. A PV module is a framework to which an assembly of photo-voltaic cells are mounted for installation – hence solar panel. PV cells generate direct current electricity, after gathering sunlight as the energy source. A group of PV modules is called a PV panel, and a system of panels is an array.
When sunlight protons hit PV cells, they excite the electrons and allow them to flow, creating an electric current, that can be stored for later use or sent directly to power homes, businesses, agriculture or cars. PV cells are made of materials such as silicon and alloys of indium, gallium and nitrogen. These materials are classified as semiconductors.
*43 pieces *Illustrated instructions *Motor kit, solar panel, axles, wheels, strips and hardware *CHOKING HAZARD: Contains small parts. Not for children under 3 years. Ages 8 years +