Doable Renewables: 16 Alternative Energy Projects for Young Scientists
Doable Renewables: 16 Alternative Energy Projects for Young Scientists  -     By: Mike Rigsby
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Teach kids valuable hands-on lessons by constructing working-models that generate renewable, alternative energy. Budding scientists will learn how to build their own Kelvin water-drop generator out of six recycled cans and alligator-clip jumpers; a solar-powered seesaw from a large dial thermometer and a magnifying glass; and a windmill from eight yardsticks, PVC pipe, cardboard, and a converter generator. Each project includes a materials and tools list as well as online information on where to find specialized components. Ages 9 & up. 224 pages, paperback. 180 black & white photos and 15 black & white illustrations included.

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Format: Paperback
Number of Pages: 224
Vendor: Chicago Review Press
Publication Date: 2010
Dimensions: 10.00 X 7.00 (inches)
ISBN: 1569763437
ISBN-13: 9781569763438
Ages: 9-11

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Humankind needs to find and develop alternative forms of energy. As the world’s population continues to grow, more people will need access to lighting, communication, transit, and computing. Fossil fuels are being used up at an alarming pace, but other energy sources--solar, wind, waves, “waste” heat, and even human power--are both renewable and environmentally friendly. The projects in this book will help any budding scientist construct and explore working models that generate renewable, alternative energy.

            In Doable Renewables, readers will learn how to build a Kelvin water drop generator out of six recycled cans and alligator clip jumpers, a solar-powered seesaw from a large dial thermometer and a magnifying glass, and a windmill from eight yardsticks, PVC pipe, cardboard, and converter generator. Children will investigate the energy-generating properties of a solar cell, a radiometer, a Nitinol heat engine, and a Peltier cell. They’ll even build a human-powered desk lamp.

            Each project includes a materials and tools list, as well as online information on where to find specialized components. And for young scientists, author Mike Rigsby demonstrates how to use an infrared thermometer, a digital multimeter, and an electrical usage monitor to test their designs. Armed with this collection of technological possibilities, can the solution to the earth’s energy crisis be far off?

Author Bio

Mike Rigsby is a professional electrical engineer and author of Amazing Rubber Band Cars and Haywired. He has written for Popular Science, Robotics Age, Modern Electronics, Circuit Cellar, Byte, and other magazines.

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"The focus on the hot topic of renewable energy . . . makes this a timely resource."  —Booklist

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