The Invent a Stellar Solar Lamp kit will shine a light on kids' imaginations and creativity. That's because this kit is all about encouraging kids to become inventors and invent a solar-powered light device.
It comes with all the tools kids need to get started, including a 14-page Inventor's Guide that takes kids through the process of a real inventor. First, you think it, then you explore it, then you sketch it, create it, try it, tweak it, and sell it. There's space inside the guide for kids to write down and sketch their ideas before they go to work using the included supplies to make what they're thinking of.
The guide also includes tips for how to use some of the supplies, as well as two pages of suggestions for things to make. But really it's all up to kids to make whatever kind of solar device they want that really works. All you have to do is charge the solar light device in the sun for a few hours and turn it on.
This is a fun way to give kids a hands-on experience with concepts from the STEAM acronym: science, technology, engineering, art, and math. Kids can read about how solar power works and experiment with their own form of alternative energy. This kit comes with a lot of stuff, but kids can also use tools from home so they can get their creation just the way they want it.
Invent a Stellar Solar Lamp is for ages 8 and up. This STEAM-centered activity will be a fun way to spark creativity among kids who fancy themselves young inventors.
The kit comes with a solar light device, frosted plastic spheres, scissors, a printed plastic sheet, printed paper sheets, cellophane sheets, foam gears, clear tape, glow in the dark string, glow in the dark stickers, plastic mosaic pieces, double-sided foam sticky tabs, holographic foil sheets, card stock sticks, a needle and threader, craft glue, foil tape, paper clips, and an inventor's guide.
This kit is less about building something specific and more about kids using their imaginations to build whatever kind of solar lamp they want. That said, there are instructions for using items around the house to make a device and for making a Starry Glow Light. We made the Starry Glow Light and it took 25 minutes to do. The instructions were a little difficult to follow.
This kit is in partnership with the Spark!Lab at the Smithsonian's National Museum of American History. It's a hands-on invention activity center for kids.
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