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Hydro Power

Hydro Power

Fall 2009 Toys
Ages: 8 & Up
Manufacturer: Thames & Kosmos
Price: $49.95
Hydropower is an excellent science kit that focuses on energy from water. It consists of a 34-page instruction manual and almost all materials (tape, scissors, water bottles, and water come from home) necessary to complete six workshop/building projects and eight experiments. Topics covered include: building a water wheel and using water energy to do work; water pressure; generating electricity with hydroelectric plants; and capturing energy from ocean currents and waves.

This experimental kit shows that many things come full circle: the ancient use of the water wheel is not all that different from today's exploring hydropower as a renewable energy source.

Ellie and Don Homce   ©2009 Parents' Choice
Don and Ellie Homce are the parents of two sons. Ellie is a former chemistry and physical science teacher and trainer in the hazardous materials field. Currently a professional volunteer at local schools and a thrift shop, Ellie continues to pursue her interests in art. Don is a health and safety and environmental science professional who enjoys building and fixing things. He has been a Boy Scout Leader for the past ten years.

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