Solar powered engine activity description, notes and curriculum links
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Jet engines used on aircraft produce a lot of carbon emissions. Can you make an electric aircraft engine that only runs off solar charged batteries? In this activity learners will make use of the theme of the future of flight to make a model of an electric aircraft engine that uses solar-powered rechargeable batteries and a motor. They will then test their circuit to see if it works and calculate how long it can run for before it needs to be recharged.
This activity could be used as a main lesson activity to teach about assembling models of circuits and the use of renewable energy. It could also be used as part of a wider scheme of learning to support focussed practical skills or about engineering career opportunities within the aviation sector.
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