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KidWind Solar Thermal Exploration Kit

Order code: KW-STXK
Purchase QTY: (Each)1+    
Scientrific's price  $143.00    
Note: Prices do NOT include GST

The Solar Thermal Exploration Kit is modeled on a domestic solar water heating system. Explore variables such as box colour, light intensity, tube design, rate of water pumping and amount of time it takes to heat the water. Learn about what makes a solar water heating system more or less efficient!

Solar water heaters are becoming a popular alternative to conventional water heaters because they save the homeowner money and they reduce carbon emissions.

Expected temperature change: 0-12°C
Housing size approx. 215x380x25mm.

• Design a solar thermal collector to harness the energy of the Sun for water heating.
• Compare the rates for temperature increase based on variables in collector design.
• Compare temperature change at various times of the day and/or year

• Understanding clean energy; discovering and discussing solar power as an energy source
• Exploring energy transformations; designing, building and evaluating devices that convert one form of energy into another
• Understanding circuits, electricity and magnetism
• Developing and using physical models
• Designing controlled experiments
• Optimizing designs
• Analysing data
• Understanding differences between energy and power
• Understanding weather and climate

Materials included:
• 7.5m clear plastic tubing for water (excluded from warranty)
• Black plastic box
• Clear plastic lid for plastic box
• 2 containers
• 2V/400mA solar panel
• KidWind small water pump with tubing
• 2 Thermometers
• 2 leads with clips, 1 black and 1 red

Q Can I generate electricity from this kit?
A Yes, the solar panel will create electricity and will power the water pump which circulates the water.

Q Can I use this kit to integrate solar heating into my current home?
A No, using a science kit for home application can cause unexpected problems in a variety of areas. If you are interested in bringing solar heating to your home contact a local professional.

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Educational use only:
Vernier and Kidwind products are designed for educational use. They are not appropriate for industrial, medical or commercial applications. Details

  • Warranty: 5 years

    Last edited 13th Mar 2020

    This product is used in teaching these Australian Curriculum codes:
    ACSSU190 - Physical Sciences - Energy Conservation - Energy conservation in a system can be explained by describing energy transfers and transformations
    ACSSU049 - Physical Sciences - Heat - Heat can be produced in many ways and can move from one object to another
    ACSSU219 - Physical Sciences - Alternative Energies - Energy from a variety of sources can be used to generate electricity
    ACSSU155 - Physical Sciences - Energy Forms - Energy appears in different forms, including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and energy transformations and transfers cause change within systems
    ACSSU182 - Physical Sciences - Energy Transfer - Energy transfer through different mediums can be explained using wave and particle models
    Click a curriculum code to see other products that relate.

    Works with:
    KW-PUMPKidWind Mini Water Pump with Tubingfrom $27.00 plus GST

    User ManualKidWind Solar Thermal Exploration Kit