SOLRUN CLASSROOM: STEM Solar Kits for Innovation and Engineering

Grant Applicant
Ashley Staron
School Site
Donner Trail Elementary
Grant Category
Mathematics & Science
Grant Date
Description (10 points)

These kits will whole class to invent and build simple solar-electric machines that run on light. This is for the purchase of two classroom kits of 15 Solardrive components, with additional tools and materials. Renewable and re-usable, the SolRun kit enables students to explore and invent solar-powered machines. Hands-on Solar Energy STEM.

Benefits of Program (10 points)

This class set of solar kids with help foster engineering skills and knowledge. Students will need to use problem solving skills to manipulate these tool to repurpose materials for the creation of solar powered vehicles. This tool will support our science and engineering standards. 

Success of Program (10 points)

The succes of this grant will be determined by the students application of energy and forces. The success will also be determined by the level of engagement to students display while working with these tools and finding alternative sources for energy and various applications of solar power.

Implementation (10 points)

This kit enables students to build onto recycled materials (such as cardboard, plastic bottles, blister packs, juice cartons, etc.) and/or onto wood. Wood dowel axle-shafts are held in place by screw eyes. With these, axle-shafts can be mounted onto almost anything, at almost any angle. Rubber tubing snippets keep the axles from sliding sideways. All gears, pulleys, wheels, and hubs fit onto the same size dowel. Possible SolarDrives, showing wheels, gears, pulleys, propellers, CD-hubs and shaft mounted directly to motor. 15 x 1 watt (2 volt x 500 mAmp) solar panels. Use the AA battery holder for solar battery-charging. Components can be dis-assembled and used over and over again, to build a wide variety of solar-electric machines. This will be used for classroom STEM acitivities in the classroom and support science and enginerring standards. 

Can you share this grant with your grade level or subject team?

These materials can be shared grades K-5, but apply to the 4th and 5th grade standards more accuratly. 

These kits can and will be reused from year to year for grades 4th and 5th.
Amount Funded
Individual Budget Items(s)
$564 - 2 sets of 15 SOLRUN CLASSROOM KIT