Solar-Powered Inventions - Summer 2016

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Mon, 7/18/2016 - Fri, 7/22/2016
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Event Type:

Summer Camp

Participation Details:

  • Fee required
  • Registration/Application required
  • Participation is limited:
    See Participation Details in Description



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Dates & Times

July 18 - 22, 2016, from 1pm - 4pm

About Solar-Powered Inventions

Put your invention skills to the test in this team-based camp organized around a single design prompt: solar-powered USB chargers. Participants will form groups and then come up with a unique point-of-view concept to drive their solar-powered invention. Each day will also include a review of relevant tools, software and electronics concepts. The final day of camp will end with a showcase of participant creations. 

Learning Process and Outcomes

We will make use of all kinds of materials for our inventions – including fabric with conductive thread, suction cups and hinges, laser-cut or 3D-printed mounting and more. Groups will be able to request additional materials to be purchased or brought in over the course of the week.

Take-Home Creations

Some kind of solar-panel based USB charger invention – it will include a recycled 18650 Li-Ion battery bank and one or more solar panels which can be used to safely recharge modern smartphones.

Participation Details

  • Prerequisites: None

  • Difficulty: Moderate

  • Required Ages: 11+

  • Required # of Participants: 6 - 15

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