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Solar Box Kites

Apr 22


Dear Diary,

Happy Earth Day! Yes, it’s Earth Day which was started in WISCONSIN and is now celebrated all over the world. People in Wisconsin, in Vermont, in Puerto Rico, in China, in Japan, every where on our planet are planting trees and cleaning rivers and streams to protect and honor our home called Earth.

For Earth Day, in the prairies on my farm we made trees out of old horse yolks and water pumps. At the end of each branch on the tree we tied box kites with very long kite string. These box kites are very special because they use the wind to lift into the sky above all the trees around, and collect energy from the sun. Each side of the box kite is a solar panel made from old camera film! Not only does the box kite make electricty from solar but inside each box kite is a small propeller which turns as the wind blows. The spinning propellers also create electricity! We tried to make these box kites last year but we could not find enough old camera film. We were so excited to launch 24 box kites in celebration of Earth Day!

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Can you think of something small you would like to do to honor the planet we call Earth? Maybe you can start a compost program at your school with your class mates.

Solar cider cooker

Sep 27

Dear Diary, today was very exciting we made our own apple cider! We picked our own apples and washed them. We cored the apples, and mashed them to make juice. We finally cooked the apple juice with a SOLAR COOKER to make it safe to drink which is called pasteurization.

How does a solar cooker work? The sun’s rays hit the shiny metal or foil covered card boards and then bounce onto the black pot of apple cider. The heat of the sun cooks the apple juice!

You can help feed families in Africa by buying a solar cooker to send them:
Visit Solar Cookers International today!

Solar Flower Garden

Jun 01

solar flower gardenI forgot to tell you about the solarflower garden we made by the clubhouse. Kirby’s dad and my dad helped build these big flowers made from recycled metal that make electricity from the sun. We use the electricity from the flowers for heating the barn in the winter, growing our plants, and lighting the colorful LED lights at night. And the solar flowers follow the sun just like real flowers do. The word we scientists used to describe flowers tilting in the direction of the sun is HELIOTROPISM.