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Mr. Vizthum from Wilmington CA is requesting Supplies through DonorsChoose, the #1 classroom funding site for teachers.

Solar Power Little Bits

My students need a class set of solar cells, USB connectors for the solar cells, and some easy to assemble electronics for hands on experiments in alternative energy.

  • $825 goal

This project expired on April 10, 2014.

Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

Solar power is like magic to many students. If you think something is magic, you aren't trying to solve problems or improve it. In the future we will rely on alternative energy much more than we do today. It is our students who will work in this field and solve the problems of solar energy.

Every child is unique, and my students are not exceptions.

Some students enter my class fully prepared for the rigor of school, while other students come in needing help to catch up. All my students benefit from repeated and frequent exposure to engaging material. Our mid sized elementary school is located in an urban district of Southern California. We are a Title I school, which means that the majority of the students receive free or reduced lunches. Most students live very close to the school.

My Project

Using the materials I will first take the solar cells and connected them to USB cords. This necessary set up work allows students to connect the solar cells to the Little Bits parts to provide power. Little Bits are tiny electronic components that connect to each other using magnets. Whole circuits can be made, taken apart, redesigned, and rearranged without the need for soldering. It is a very easy and engaging way to begin learning about electronics. Working in groups, students will design machines that functions on solar power. Students will have to think about placement of panels and the overall electric need of their machines design. With self discovery students, learn more and retain much more. In addition to learning about how electronic parts connect, student's will get hands on experience working with alternative energy. At the end of our unit on conservation, we will have a celebration where students can showcase their best creations.

We all remember the hands on projects that we did as kids.

It is those projects that have stayed with us, but all the worksheets we filled out are forgotten. In this project, students get hands on discovery of conservation, electronics, and environmental science. Thank you for being a part of this life long educational memory for my students.

Mr. Vizthum
Grades 3-5
Nearly all students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 4 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
littleBits Electronics Base Kit • Amazon $99.00 4 $396.00
littleBits Electronics USB Power • Amazon $16.21 6 $97.26
American Educational Solar Cell • Amazon $14.70 6 $88.20
Anytime Tools 127 pc Heat Shrink Wire Wrap Cable Sleeve Tubing Sets Assorted Size e/Case • Amazon $9.45 2 $18.90
100PCS 1A 1000V Diode 1N4007 IN4007 DO-41 • Amazon $5.98 1 $5.98

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