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Toysmith Toysmith Solar Rover

Toysmith Solar Rover
Toysmith Solar Rover - Available in one color
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About the Toysmith Solar Rover

Just how much energy does the sun generate on earth? Scientists estimate the total solar energy absorbed by the Earth’s atmosphere, oceans, and land in one year as 3,850,000 exajoules (EJ). If that sounds abstract, think of it this way: the 2011 tsunami generated about 1.41 EJ. So that’s about 3 million tsunamis worth of energy that we could be using to power our homes, our factories, and our cars, if we can just figure out how to harness it.*


The Toysmith Solar Rover uses just the tiniest amount of that solar energy to power its photovoltaic motor – just enough to get the wheels turning in your little scientist’s imagination! This eco-science toy lets your child build their own working solar powered rover, and it even utilizes recycling: the body of the Solar Rover is a soda can. The detailed instructions explain what photovoltaic cells are made out of and how they work, so while kids assemble their Toysmith Solar Rover, they learn what makes it go.


This exciting science toy teaches kids about upcycling, repurposing, and alternative energy, motivating them to learn through the excitement of building a mechanical toy all on their own. And they’ll even get some fresh air when they take their Solar Rover outside to see it run! (It needs solar light, not a flashlight or a lamp.) The Toysmith Solar Rover includes all pieces except for the soda can, and is suggested for ages 8 and up.


* We figured this out via some Wikipedia articles, but may have interpreted them wrong – we’re not scientists, we’re toy salespeople! So if this is incorrect, please let us know.


WARNING: CHOKING HAZARD - Small parts. Not for children under 3 years.


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Solar Rover by Toysmith

Kids build a cool solar rover using the parts provided and an old soda can

This kit teaches kids how sunlight is converted to energy

Educational for kids

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