Solar Electrical Experiments

I finally jumped on the band-wagon and got a pair of solar panels. So, now that we’ve got access to free, and virtually unlimited amounts of electricity, let’s hook them up and experiment, with some of the things they can do. To start this project, I got a couple of 100-watt solar panels from verengosolar.com. […]

How to build a hydropower model video – Great educational project for kids!

This is how to assemble a hydropower model provided by the BPA Visitor Center. First, you cut along all the dotted lines. You’ll notice some hash marks. You’ll want to clip these as well. Then you score along all the solid lines, like this. Once all your scores are made, you fold the corners, like […]

Urine Ignition!

This isn’t looking good at all. What was supposed to be an easy day hike, is quickly turning into a life-threatening situation. One of your top priorities is to get a fire going before nightfall, but all you’ve got with you is a bag lunch and an empty water bottle. This is a challenge that’s […]

Burning Stuff With 2000ºF Solar Power!!

In a previous project I found a free tv and turned it into a giant solar scorcher. This shoots out a deadly beam of sunlight, that’s hot enough to abuse food, melt metal and burn things you probably shouldn’t. Today seemed like a good day to play with my Solar Scorcher. I positioned my frame […]

How to get 2000ºF Solar Power

If a small magnifying glass will burn things with sunlight, how much power could you get from a lens as big as you? In this project we’re hacking open a rear projection TV, because that’s where you can find one of these amazing solar scorchers, for free. To get started, the first thing I’m gonna […]