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Gratitude Practice

Let's start by taking a moment to practice gratitude.
  • How has STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) positively impacted your life?

  • Who is a teacher, role model, or mentor that positively impacted your life, and why?

The Recipient

Your invention will reach a very special child across the globe, inspiring them to sustainably power up their life on the move, to find new ways of ‘staying connected renewably’, to keep on exploring STEM, and to share the positive impact by bringing this invention back to their local communities.
 
We hope this experience brings ‘science to life’ and inspires you to also discover the future of connectivity and mobility. Most importantly, we hope that you have fun building!

The Reason

Get hands-on to build your very own ‘Solar Invention’! You will create a solar power charger, to demonstrate how solar can keep us connected and mobile sustainably! The kit recipient, students around the world, get a specially curated project intended to spark or deepen their passion for STEM-related learning.

Unpack the Box

  • Take everything out of the box.
  • Lay everything out so you can find what you need to build the kit.

Create Your Kynd Code

Please follow the instructions on this card to create your own Kynd Code. This Kynd Code will be included in the final kit.

*Make note of your Kynd Code. You will use this code at the end of the project. 

Find the Kynd Card

This is for you to spread extra kyndness to someone in your own life.  Consider writing a note to a friend, loved one, or colleague that you are grateful for.  Address the note and send it in the mail or give it to someone in person.

DO NOT include this in the finished kit.

Disclaimers

Please read and accept the following disclaimers BEFORE building this kit. 

Write a Note to the Recipient

1. Find the following items:
  • Blank card and matching envelope
  • Enclosed materials such as crayons, markers, stickers
2. Write your letter and decorate the card.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the card.
    • Express your encouragement and include a hopeful message.
    • Decorate the front and the inside of the card.
      • Helpful Tips:
        • Do not include a date or year on the letter.
        • Avoid politics completely and religion in excess.
          * Can’t think of what to write, draw a picture!
3. Decorate the envelope.
  • Use the enclosed materials to decorate the envelope that will hold your card.
    • Make it colorful and fun. Decorate the front and back of the envelope.
4. Put the completed card in the envelope you decorated. 
  • Include the Kynd Code sheet with the card.

Tutorial Video

  • Click HERE for a short overview video of building the solar charger components. There are also step by step instructions below
  • If at any point you need more help, you can access the troubleshooting guide HERE.

Prepare the Solar Panel

1. Find the following items:
  • Solar Panel
  • Permanent Marker
2. Mark the positive and negative connections
*We use several different panel types. Some will already have the terminals marked. If yours do not, follow along below.
 
  • Turn the solar panel over so you can see the connection points. Arrange the panel so the wording is upright.
  • The left terminal is positive (+) and the right terminal is negative (-).
  • Mark the terminals with a marker.
3. Remove the clear protective covering from the front of the solar panel.

Prepare the Wires

1. Find the following items:
  • White Wire
  • Scissors
2. Strip the white outer coating off of the wires down approximately 2″.
  • Do NOT cut into the black and red wires under the white coating.
  • Do this to both sides of the wire. 
3. Strip the black and red wires down approximately 3/4 of an inch.
 
Tip: If you don’t have a wire stripper you can easily use scissors. Make a small cut around the silicon without cutting through the wire, use your hand to pull off the plastic
 
  • Do NOT cut into the black and red wires under the white coating.
  • Do this to both sides of the wire.
 

Prepare the Conductive Tape

1. Find the following items:
  • Conductive Tape
  • Scissors
2. Locate the long strip of copper conductive tape.
3. Cut two strips of conductive tape approximately 1″ long.

Attach the Wires to the Solar Panel

1. Find the following items:
  • Solar panel
  • Wire (stripped)
  • Two strips of copper conductive tape
2. How to:
  • 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
 

Quick, test the connection

  • Turn the solar panel over and expose it to a strong and direct light source such as a lamp.
  • Take a diode – hold the long pin to red wire & short pin to black wire.
  • The diode will light up if the connection is stable and the curcuit is correct.
*If the diode doesn’t light up, see the troubleshooting page.

Secure the connection

After you confirm your connection is good, it is time to secure the wires to the back of the solar panel.

  1. Locate the electrical tape which is either rolled around one of the permanent markers or in a small roll. 
    • Cut two strips of electrical tape approximately 2″ each.
  2. Use the tape to secure the wires to the back of the solar panel.
    • First, run one piece of tape over the copper wires, covering both pieces.
    • Then, run one piece of tape across the top of the solar panel to secure the wires in place.
    • Make sure no wires or copper tape are exposed.

Quick, test the connection again

Apply the diode to the wires again to confirm your connection is still stable.
Need help? Access the troubleshooting guide here.

Connect the Charging Board

1. Locate the USB Charging Board
*The appearance will vary from board to board. Yours may not look like the picture below.
2. Find the positive (+) and negative (-) connections on the back of the USB Charging Board.
3. Connect the wires to the USB Charging Board
  • Tightly roll the ends of the wire so they slide into the small openings of the USB Charging Board.
  • First, put the red wire into the positive (+) opening.
  • Put the wire halfway into the opening and twist the wires around itself to secure it in place.
  • Next, put the black wire into the negative (-) opening.
  • Again, put the wire halfway into the opening and twist the wires around itself to secure it in place.

Confirm the USB Charging Board Connection

  • Hold solar panel under direct & strong light source.
  • If the connections are secure and your panel is capturing enough light, the small red LED on the top of the USB Charging Board will light up.
Need help? Access the troubleshooting guide here.

Build the Charger Housing

1. Locate the box that came inside the larger packaging. 
2. With the brown side of the box facing up, fold in the small side flaps.
  •  Do this on both sides. 

Attach the Solar Panel

1. Locate the adhesive velcro dots or large velcro square
  • These dots match up to hold the pieces in place securely.
  • If you have the large square velcro, please use scissors and cut this into five sections.
2. Place one velcro dot in each corner on the back of the solar panel.

 

3. Place the four matching dots on top of the dots you’ve placed in each corner.
  • *Tip: Apply the velcro dots while leaving the backing on and peel the backing off after the dots have been velcroed together.
  • This will leave the adhesive backing of the dots exposed to attach the solar panel to the lid of the box.
4. With the adhesive backing exposed, place the solar panel in the center of the lid of the box.
  • Position the solar panel so the wire is running into the bottom of the box.
  • Press down firmly on the corners to secure the velcro dots to the box.
  • Test that the box closes with the solar panel attached to the lid.

Mount the Charging Port

1. Decide which side you would like to mount the charging port on.
    • Do not mount it in the center of the box or the lid of the box will not be able to close.
2. Mark the width of the charging port on the side flap.
3. Pull the flap up slightly so you can cut a rectangular opening in the flap.
4. Fold the flap back down into position
5. Mark the outside wall of the box.
6. Fold up the inner flap again
7. Cut a matching opening in the outside wall of the box.
8. Apply the last velcro dot to the back of the USB Charging Board.
  • Put one dot on the USB Charging Board first.
  • Apply the second dot and remove the backing to expose the adhesive back.
9. Place the USB port through the opening in the side of the box.
  • Once in place, press down firmly so the velcro dot is secured to the box.
10. Confirm the port is accessible from outside the box.

Test Charging (optional)

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.

Invent Yourself Activity

  • 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 that one 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 hold the charger.

Pack the Kit

Pack the following materials into the larger white box:

  • The card and envelope you decorated
  • The completed solar charger (*Close the charger box before you put it into the larger shipping box)
  • Include all extra supplies:
    • Electrical Tape
    • Diodes
    • Wires
    • Conductive Tape
    • Wires
    • Other leftover supplies
  • The completed “Invent Yourself” workbook page
  • Blank Recipient “Invent Yourself” workbook page
  • Solar fun facts
  • Kynd Code

Delivery Options

  • Deliver your completed kit to a local Boys and Girls Club

OR

  • Return your completed kit to be distributed to the Boys and Girls Club of America
     
    To get a return label, click HERE.

Share Your Impact

Post your experience on KyndHub.

KyndHub is an online community that gamifies volunteering, acts of kindness, and gratitude.

  1. Go to KyndHub.com or download the free app.
  2. Create a free account or log in.
  3. Select “I Built a Kynd Kit” from the post menu.
  4. Post about your kit.

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