Action Solar Car Kit; made in Japan for Robotikits Direct a division
of OWI Incorporated based out of Carson California, MSRP. $42.95US,
recommended ages 10 up.
children to the three dimensional world of model building is an
excellent way to provide them with an opportunity to develop their
fine motor skills as well as get a bit of a cerebral workout.
is a fun and simple way is to engage young minds, develop creative
talent, and get young people involved with a hands on productive
activity. Kids can use their imaginations, learn new concepts,
and have the reward of accomplishment when done.
The OWI Triple Action Solar Car Kit is a great example. With this
kit, a scissor, tape, a small hammer, and little to no previous
knowledge of electronics, we were able to put a solar race car
together in just over an hour. We had a little confusion with
wire placement but when we referred back to the easy to read and,
more importantly, easy to understand directions we were able to
refer to the diagram and ta-da! It was pretty smooth going from
that point on.
We opted to
leave the car translucent because it was cool to see the inner
workings but you can paint the plastic outer body. Spray paint
is recommended so that should be done outside or in a very well-ventilated
area on newspaper or other disposable surface cover. It can also
be run on one 'AA' (not included) battery power, if dim lighting
conditions do not permit you to attain solar powered speed.
The very cool
thing is that the kids were able to build the OWI Triple Action
Solar Car from start to finish. The kids required very little
input from adults at all, although we were on hand to field questions
and offer assistance, but we mostly just marveled at their capability.
were done they had a completely moving solar car. Keep in mind
that this is a model and not meant to be a play car upon completion
. This very cool, futuristic little solar car is a fun way to
learn and demonstrate alternative energy.
The OWI Triple
Action Solar Car Kit features an aerodynamic sports car shell
design. Car has a transparent plastic body that can be painted
or left clear, a decent 14.5 x 22.5 x 4.5cm in size, a 4-wheel
chassis, a powerful 1.4 volt, 350
milliampere solar cell (included). The front maneuverable
axle, rear wheel and adjustable (directional/angle) solar panel
mount are all independent parts, allowing for separate solar projects.
The Triple Action Solar Car kit is also convertible and can be
used as an aerodynamic racer or tractor.
the Author: Mary Rose is a Mommy, a writer and an early childhood
educator who believes in learning through play and the value of