Category Archives: Teaching and Learning

Simple solar follower

This could be a good project for kids, building a simple solar tracker with a small cell. http://www.instructables.com/id/Sun-Follower-Solar-Panel/

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How to setup a minecraft server at home

Nice article on how to do it on your own at home.  Downside maybe the power it uses up.  So a hosted site (around $10 a month) maybe a cheaper option. How to Run a Simple Local Minecraft Server (With … Continue reading

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Make your on Van deGraaff Generator

This one looks more powerful than the ones I use in schools.  Interesting build overall.  Would I do it….no. http://www.instructables.com/id/900000-volt-Van-de-Graaff-Generator-using-cheap-p/?ALLSTEPS

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Make your own snap circuits

Snap circuits are nice to teach kids about circuits, but…they are expensive, and if you want more custom stuff there isn’t much out there.  This video shows how to design and make your own. http://hackaday.com/2017/01/26/3d-printing-makes-electronics-a-snap/

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Could build for mass producing simple wind turbines for kids

The author put ALOT of work into this one, its a nice video with lots of templates made to make a bunch of wind powered devices for kids to experiment with.  Would I do this…no, way too much work for … Continue reading

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Make an electrostatic doubler and generator

This is a pretty neat build.  Good way to teach about static electricity.  The directions stink on how to build it, but pretty much looking at the pictures/video gets a good idea how it works. http://www.instructables.com/id/Electrostatic-Doubler/?ALLSTEPS

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Make a windmill from a soda can

The author provides a template you can put on the can so you cut the lines right.  Then you give the can a little squeeze, and add a bottom, and bag, wind power. Good project for kids. http://www.instructables.com/id/Soda-Can-Wind-Spinner/?ALLSTEPS

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Interesting Hydrogen Generator

Took me a bit to figure out where the other end of the electricity was going in.  I like the use of the tube for insulator between the panels.   This one seems a little more intense than other builds.  I … Continue reading

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Build a wave tank generator

Great way to show kids how waves affect shapes, or show waves in general.  Looks liek a pretty simple build too. http://www.instructables.com/id/Arduino-Wave-Generator-Tank/

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Make a Solenoid powered car

OMG, I think I would just use some real solenoids, but they point is made and it helps teach some electronics/electric to kids. http://www.instructables.com/id/Make-Solenoid-Engine-Car/

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