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Item Number: 626112
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
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Build and use 20 alternative energy models with Power House science kit,
sustainable living in the 21st century! Consider a future without fossil fuels!
Can you imagine no TV, no computer, no lights in your house? No hot water for showers,
no hot food, and no gas to put in your car to drive to school, the grocery store,
or anywhere? It's for these reasons the science of alternative energy has become so popular.
Power House provides an engaging introduction to regenerative energy sources while teaching
basic concepts and principles in physical science. This science kit focuses on the heat and
light energy from the sun, the energy from the wind, as well as with electrochemical and plant energy.
You will learn how to transform and use these forms of energy. With the Power House kit you can
build a model house complete with solar panels, windmill, greenhouse, and desalination system,
build and operate an electric train, windmill, solar cooker, solar hot water tank, hygrometer,
electric motor, power hoist, sail car, and more! Plant watercress, prepare sauerkraut, and make
chewing gum. Learn how plants convert sunlight into energy for your body and your engines.
The thoughtfully designed series of experiments was developed by physicist Uwe Wandrey.
Professor Wandrey creatively integrates physical science and technology lessons with the
adventure of building a home and living on a remote island. To survive, you must learn how to
harness the power of the sun and the wind as well as tap the energy of other physical forces.
The storyline follows the experiments in a stepwise fashion. Easy-to-follow activities make it
fun to build models and use them for your experiments. We hope that building small models such
as are provided in Power House will inspire you to plan and construct something on a larger scale.
More than 20 different building projects in one kit plus a 96-page full color manual with
70 experiments organized into 9 chapters (see below)! The Power House Experiment Manual is
much more than just a set of instructions. The manual is organized around the story of a group
of island dwellers who must learn to live sustainably using the resources available to them on
their small island. As you read their journal entries and learn of their projects and experiments,
you build models of the same projects and conduct the same experiments alongside them.
1) The Heat Trap: Construct and experiment with a greenhouse.
2) The Sun Collector:
Collect the sun's rays to heat water.
3) The Sun Burners: Make a solar cooker while learning about the principles of
light before you cook rice and bake bread.
4) The Water Vampire: Desalinate water, plant watercress, produce sauerkraut and make chewing gum.
5) The Heat Absorbers: Learn how heat of evaporation provides cooling, conduct
experiments about air humidity, build a hygrometer and test a refrigerator.
6) Power Plants: Grow beans, make a potted plant feed a candle, harvest sunflower energy,
build an oil press, and assemble an oil lamp.
7) The Energy Converters: Extract electric current from sunlight and metals in acid, build
a light telephone, galvanize a nail and split water into hydrogen and oxygen.
8) The Forces of Magnetism: Generate electric current with magnetic fields. Build a current indicator,
electric and solar motors, a transfer switch, and a crane. Lift pencils with the sun and learn about levers.
Build an electric car.
9) Wings in the Wind: Build a sail car and learn how wings and sails transform energy. Learn to sail
with the wind, by the wind, and against the wind and examine a mixed energy vehicle.
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