Solar-powered Energy Kit

Solar-powered Energy Kit

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Description (Brief)
Companies began selling solar-powered toys for fun and education in the early 1960s. This kit features an inexpensive solar cell that can operate either in sunlight or under artificial light to perform a variety of tasks such as running a small fan. Science educator Bill Nye licensed several solar-powered toys like this unit. A model helicopter and a model biplane are also in the Smithsonian collections.
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Object Name
educational toy
solar toy
date made
solar panel: 1/2 in x 4 in x 5 1/2 in; 1.27 cm x 10.16 cm x 13.97 cm
windmill: 5 1/4 in x 2 1/2 in x 3 in; 13.335 cm x 6.35 cm x 7.62 cm
box: 9 in x 11 in x 2 1/2 in; 22.86 cm x 27.94 cm x 6.35 cm
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Credit Line
from Bill Nye
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Work and Industry: Electricity
Energy & Power
Data Source
National Museum of American History
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