Split the wires and bend them so they can attach to the connection points.
Attach the red wire is positive (+) to the positive terminal and the black wire is negative (-) terminal.
Tip: Twist one end of the wire into a loop for better surface connectivity.
Use the strips of copper conductive tape to hold the wires in place
Press firmly on the tape to hold the wires down securely.
Tip: Wires must firmly and securely touch the surface of the +/- points!! You can use several pieces of tape to improve it. The stronger the connection between panel and wires, the more stable the circuit.
* BE SURE THE COPPER TAPE STRIPS AND WIRES DO NOT TOUCH
As in all things solar energy-driven, the science is meant to work with a strong and natural light source. Solar-powered devices operate under full sunlight. Particularly phones require quite a bit of energy and the chance to test your charger may only be possible in some cases. You can give it a go and try to power up a phone or small (5volt) USB device – have fun experimenting with different light settings! But don’t be discouraged if you can’t get optimal conditions to power a phone. Your recipient child will have plenty of time to wait for a full sunny day, to make the science come alive and keep experimenting with the best conditions!
Tip: Different phone types require different energy inputs [e.g. iPhone is harder to power up than Android]
Prepare the Invention for Shipping
Remove the USB Charging Board from the opening by pulling it from the velcro attachment.
Remove the red wire from the USB Charging Board.
Leave the wire loose and lay the charging board inside the box for shipping.
*It is best to not ship completed circuits. This way the kit recipient also has something to build.
Welcome to being an INVENTOR BUILDER as part of this exciting educational STEM kit! You are a role model! Your passion and your experience will help inspire countless young innovators and encourage them to see that anything is possible in their future, no matter their background. To help share your story, we want you to have your inventor hat on. So, grab the Invent Yourself workbook page and get started.
*Please note thatone Invent Yourself page is for the kit recipient and the other is for you to fill out. Please use the workbook page with the “Builder” instructions printed on the back. Full instructions are also available on the back of your workbook page.
1. Write your name on the top line of the paper.
2. Identify someone you want to help, and identify one problem they face. It can be your family, your friends, a student, a neighbor, or even yourself! If you need an example, check out what one 13-year old chose to invent with her friend below.
3. Take a few minutes to brainstorm: what could be one solution to his problem? Would it be an object, an app, or a service? Write that down in one sentence next to your name.
4. On the right-hand side of the page, write a few sentences about this innovation. Be precise and explain exactly what is your innovation, how does it work, who does it serve, and how this innovation is really something new.
5. Get creative and draw yourself as an inventor on the left-hand side!
Decorate the Box
Use the enclosed markers and stickers to decorate the inside and/or outside of the box that holds the charger.