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For more detailed information about each kit please refer to the individual kit's teaching unit. If the unit is not downloadable please contact us and we will email you a copy.

 
 
Simple motorised vehicle

Dragster (10-14 hours)

Code: DRAG solder version

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Code: DRAG-NS no solder version

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The DRAGSTER is a simple motorised vehicle, for students to design and construct. It is powered by a small electric motor, and students are able to select the vehicle’s gearing, dependent upon the speed and acceleration required. The vehicle has been designed to provide an easy introduction to electro-mechanical devices. It is also intended that a number of DRAGSTERS can be used to compete in a class environment. This puts the additional requirement on students to look into the effects of gearing on speed and acceleration, and to consider these factors in their vehicle design. 

 
Explorer direction changing vehicle

Explorer (22-24 hours)

Code: EXPLORER

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The EXPLORER is a small autonomous vehicle that changes its direction of travel when it bumps into an object. Two independent motors drive the EXPLORER, each through its own gearbox. The front of the EXPLORER has a bumper bar, which is used to actuate either one or both pairs of the bumper bar's microswitches.  Each pair of microswitches controls the rotation of the wheel on the opposite side. When either DPDT is triggered, the corresponding wheel drives backwards, to get the EXPLORER away from the object. The freely swinging trailing wheel introducing a random element to the direction it turns, as well as providing stability. A flashing lamp indicates the approach of the EXPLORER.

 
Hovercraft model

Hovercraft

Code: HOVER

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The HOVERCRAFT moves quickly on a stream of air captured under the foam tray body. Can be manually steered with a rudder system.

 
Simple solar boat

Intro Solar Boat (3-5 hours)

Code: SBTINT

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This kit contains the required electrical and mechanical parts to build a small simple solar powered boat.

 
Simple solar car

 

Intro Solar Car (3-5 hours)

Code: SCRINT

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This is a basic four-wheeled vehicle which is powered by 2 no. 4 solar panels. Suitable for introducing the concept of solar power and low friction to students.

 
Junior Solar Boat

Junior Solar Boat (5 hours)

Code: JUSBT

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This kit contains the required components (except a solar panel) to build a solar powered boat for competing in the Junior division of the solar challenges.

 
LED torch

Led Torch (6-8 hours)

Code: LEDTOR

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PicoBright is an electronic flashlight kit suitable for beginner solderers – 19 ultra-bright LEDs, 3 PCBs. Comes with 40 mm PVC ends

 
led touch lamp

Led Touch Lamp

Code: LEDTLK

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Make a touch sensitive desk or bedroom lamp. No switches involved – touch turns the lamp on and off. Uses super-bright LEDs. 

 
Marks Monster - small agile vehicle

Mark's Monster (8-10 hours)

Code: MARK solder version

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Code: MARK-NS no solder version

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MARK’s MONSTER is a small agile vehicle that responds to a wired hand held controller, which is used to steer the vehicle, using two push buttons to move forwards, left or right. MARK’s MONSTER has two independent motors and gear-drives, each controlled by its own push button switch. If both buttons are pushed simultaneously the vehicle travels forward in a straight line, but if only one push button switch is pushed the car turns in the desired direction. 

Pre cut bodies for Mark's Monster are available

 
Mr walker - walking robot

Mr Walker (14-18 hours)

Code: MRWALK 

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MR WALKER is a walking robot with waving arms and glowing eyes. The walking motion is achieved by cams and linkages and uses an easily constructed motor and gearbox assembly. 

 

 
Jouster - Infra red controlled vehicle

Jouster Infra-Red controlled vehicle (assembled 9-11 hours) (unassembled 11-13 hours)

Code: JOUST with PCBIRR-A (assembled PCBs and gearbox)

Code: JOUST with PCBIRRT-UN (unassembled PCBS) 

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The JOUSTER is a small agile vehicle that is controlled and steered by infrared remote control. There is a receiver PCB assembly mounted on the vehicle and a Transmitter in a hand held control box. The INFRARED CONTROL UNIT (IRCU) can transmit on four (4) bands, which allows four JOUSTERs to be operated at the same time, by selecting one of the 4 bands. The JOUSTER has two independent motor driven gearboxes, each driving one wheel. The remote control unit controls the vehicle through the use of push button switches – for each motor there are 2 push button switches, one to apply forward and the other to apply reverse motions. If both forward motion buttons are pushed simultaneously the vehicle travels forward in a straight line. However, if one forward push button switch and one reverse switch are pushed, the vehicle turns on the spot! The infrared controls are for indoor use only – it is not suitable for outdoor use. It requires line-of-sight and can operate up to a distance of approximately 20 metres.

 
Robobug small light sensing robot

Robobug (10-14 hours)

Code: ROBOBUG

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The ROBOBUG is a small light-sensing robot that can be controlled by shining a torch on to its sensors. When light is shone onto one of the sensors, the motor controlled by that part of the circuit starts, causing the robot to change direction. If light is shone onto both sensors the robot will move forward in a straight line. By using a torch as the light source the robot can be steered. 

 
Scorpio Constellation LED

Scorpio Constellation

Code: SCOR

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Scorpio is an appealing member of the zodiac. The Scorpio PCB has an LED positioned on the location of the major stars in the Scorpio constellation. The LEDs flash in a set sequence.

 
Advanced Solar car model

Solar Car - Advanced (15-20 hours)

Code: SOLDV

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The ADVANCED SOLAR CAR is a four-wheeled basic vehicle, driven by an electric motor and powered by a purpose designed solar panel. This vehicle also has a SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER – LOW VOLTAGE (SPPC-LV), which helps your vehicle to achieve maximum performance, by the use of an electronic device. Motion from the motor to the wheels is transferred by the use of gears. 

 
Solar power contoller low voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Low Voltage Unit - VOC 6.5-12V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCL

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 6.5 and 12 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor).  

 
Solar power controller standard voltage

Solar Panel Power Controller Standard Voltage Unit - VOC 13-23V (3-5 hours)

Code: SPPCS

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The SOLAR PANEL POWER CONTROLLER (SPPC) multiplies the solar panel’s starting current for motors. Normally, powering an electric motor directly from a solar panel can be quite inefficient, especially during start up and at low motor speeds. The SPPC allows the motor to start and operate at a much lower light intensity than is possible with the motor directly connected to the solar panel. This SPPC circuit holds the output of the solar panel at its maximum power voltage point. Thus it is able to substantially boost the starting current available to the motor. NOTE: This circuit regulates the input voltage rather than the output voltage. The SPPC will work with any solar panel or combination of solar panels whose Voltage Open Circuit (VOC) voltage is between 13 and 23 volts (a rated 12V panel at VOC will be higher than 12V). Energy consumption by the circuit is 0.04 W (approximately). The SPPC’s weight is approximately 45 grams (including the inductor). 

 
Stomper six legged robotic device

Stomper (16-22 hours)

Code: STOMPER

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The STOMPER is a six legged device that is driven by two electric motors through a number of gears. It is controlled by two two-way switches, each controlling the legs on one side. This project requires the student to build a STOMPER – a simple robotic device. The student will learn and use a variety of skills – in marking out, cutting materials, drilling, assembling and soldering.

 
Transistor Tester

Transistor Tester (3-6 hours)

Code: TRANT

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This device is used to detect a faulty transistor, within an assembled PCB. The testing can be carried out on the PCB's components, so that only the faulty transistor needs to be removed and replaced. The TRANSISTOR TESTER PCB and components are small enough to fit into a small plastic box, making it very portable. 

 
Wind up torch

Wind Up Torch (20-26 hours)

Code: WNDT

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The WIND-UP TORCH provides light, using 3 super bright LEDs. The torch has a 3 stage gearbox connected to a small DC generator, which is turned by hand. The power provided by this generator is used to charge a small Lithium ion battery. The battery provides power for illumination, and a switch allows selection of low level lighting (a single LED) or a bright light (3 LEDs). When discharged, the battery is recharged by turning the handle for approximately one minute. The electronic components provided for the WIND-UP TORCH include a Printed Circuit Board, the circuitry components, the generator, gears and other components to construct the gearbox. To complete the project, the student is required to design and make the torch’s housing and handle. 

 

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