- 64-page experiment manual
- 320 pieces
What does it teach?In one way or another, almost every form of energy we use originates as energy from the Sun. Solar energy directly powers photovoltaic cells and thermal collectors. Indirectly, we get power from plants grown by the Sun, oceans heated by the Sun, and Earth’s weather systems sustained by the Sun. Even the energy stored in fossil fuels originated as energy from the Sun, captured by plants and animals millions of years ago. The Physics Solar Workshop explores this principles with in-depth experiments and projects.
Melissa Highlands Ranch, CO - December 21, 2009
I took a look at the box when we got this and thought, ‘Yikes—that looks complicated’ Cool, mind you, but complicated. My kids (and my husband) kept asking when we were going to get to play with the Physics Solar Workshop and I just avoided eye contact. Finally, I let them at it. What transpired was an entire afternoon of all-absorbing play. This is a perfect toy for any kid who likes to build cool stuff. My two older girls (10 and 7) don’t often decide to build things out of Legos or blocks all on their own, but are happy to do it if I get them started. So, I was pretty surprised when they dug right into the box and got busy. After talking about some of the principals of solar physics (the manual is a great resource for this), my 10 year-old got right to work building a model from the workbook. My 7 year-old got a basic concept of how to build a vehicle and then just had fun building her own design. The recommended age for this is 8+. If you want your child to work fairly independently, I’d