Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for children

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for children

From packaging materials to fast electric boats and solar boats can build yourself. By dealing with various materials and small electronic works, children learn not only what can be crafted from packaging, but train their technical understanding. Whether a solar catamaran made of polystyrene, a solar boat from an empty fish can or airboat from PET bottles: On this page we present detailed instructions for building three different boats that are powered by solar or battery.

Overview of the building instructions for electric and solar boats

  • Overview of the building instructions for electric and solar boats
  • build solar catamaran itself
  • build solar boat itself from fish box
  • Blueprints for a boat propeller from PET bottles

For the following assembly instructions we have the electronics and solar components from the learning package "Adventure electric and solar boats" the Franzis Verlag used. Most building steps can run children 8 years itself. Since the connection of the solar cell or battery is a little tricky, parents should do the job for the children.

A detailed review of the learning package "Adventure electric and solar boats" You will find in this post in the Home Improvement Blog.

build solar catamaran itself

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe most important building material for the solar catamaran

Made of polystyrene, a roll of tape and a solar cell children can build their own catamaran in a short time. For this they need only the following materials:

  • Styrofoam
  • 1 x large roll of duct tape
  • 2 x 4 x chopsticks or long skewers
  • 1 x black marker
  • 1 x broad utility knife
  • sandpaper
  • tongs

From the electronics building book:

  • 1 x solar cell
  • 1 x Solar Engine
  • 1 x air or propeller

cut boot made of styrofoam

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenbuild catamaran made of styrofoam

First, the boat parts are cut out for the catamaran. For this to draw two long rectangles on the Styrofoam, the front tip ends in a triangle. For the central web a third piece is cut. This should be wide enough that the roll of tape fits on him and the two long boat parts have several centimeters distance. Adjust the Styrofoam pieces together, prick each a long chopsticks centrally from above into the two hulls to fix the centerpiece. pinch back the protruding fingers with pliers. Alternatively, the chopsticks are also two long skewers per page are.

attach Solar motor and solar cell

Now a piece of Styrofoam is shortened so that it can be pushed into the roll of tape. Now you cut with the cutter, a piece of tape and push it so over the solar motor that Pinn showing. Attach the engine now on the Styrofoam beams, as seen in the pictures.

In the next step, a wide piece of adhesive tape is folded inwardly to form a roll, and adhered under the solar cell. Alternatively, double-sided tape can be used. Thereafter, the solar cell is pressed onto the roll of tape in the middle above. The red and black wires should be pointing toward marine engine.

Now you put the propeller on the Pinn and tests whether it does not hit the Styrofoam or the adhesive fire during turning.

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe propeller must be fully able to move the solar engineElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe solar cell is located centrally on the roll

assemble solar catamaran

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThere goes home-built solar-powered boat

In the next step, a roll is folded and glued to the central bar of the solar polystyrene boat from a wide adhesive tape firmly pressed again and the roll of tape. For a better hold it fixed this with a strong adhesive tape on the boat. Alternatively, they can also be mounted with a special Styrofoam glue.

Finally, the solar cell with the black wire of the electric motor the red wire and the black wire of the solar cell with the red of the motor are connected together. So that the cables do not get into the propeller, to tie them together with a rubber band and fixed it in the role.

Now the solar catamaran is ready to be put to the test run in the sun.

build solar boat itself from fish box

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenSolar boat fish tinElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenMaterial for solar boat

This boat tinkering in about half an hour from a flushed and cleaned fish can. Those who want to build this solar boat itself, requires the following materials:

  • 1 x empty fish Dose
  • adhesive film
  • rubber band
  • Possibly. double-sided tape

From the electronics building book:

  • 1 x long special axis
  • 1 x Reducing Connector
  • 1 x small propeller
  • solar engine
  • solar cell
  • Possibly. Alligator clips with cable

preparation

First, the empty fish can must be completely flushed and cleaned of fat residues. It should be noted that the small Opener Not disengages from the metal lid. Once the can has dried, the building of the solar boat can begin. Beware of sharp edges of the cover!

build ship deck fish box

In the first step the lid is pulled completely out of the box and bent as in the first image in the form: Turn the end with the opener down gently and slide it slowly outward. Here sensitivity is required so that it does not snap. The other end is bent obliquely upward. If one places the lid on a trial basis in the can and corrected, if appropriate, the shape of the ship's deck.

build engine and drive for solar boat

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe engine of the Solar Boat is glued to the openerElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenSelf-made solar boat

Next, it sets the solar motor on the folded opener, so that the pin indicated by the opening to the outside, and sticks it firmly with adhesive film. The connector is plugged into the Pinn and connected to the axle and the small propeller.

a plurality of adhesive film strip for attachment of the solar cell to fold a roll and adhering the solar cell to the bent-up end of the cover. Alternatively, also double sided tape is.

Now one uses the lid to the sample in the can and corrected - if necessary - the position of the solar cell and the actuator. The propeller should touch the ground.

Remove the lid and slide the cables under him. Using the alligator clips to connect the solar cell to the black cable to the motor and vice versa, the red wire. The projecting cord to tie together under the cover with a rubber band or a cable tie.

Finally, it fixes the lid with a folded, wide roll of adhesive film, or double-sided tape in the fish box. The terminals and bundled cables are located in the middle and front part of the solar boat.

Tips for swimming test for the solar boat

It is important that the weight is evenly distributed in the fish box so that the boat does not list. To test one should put it in a water-filled sink or the bathtub. It is front heavy, the terminals are shifted to the center or the solar cell added a piece to the rear.

Blueprints for a boat propeller from PET bottles

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenMaterial for boat propeller

This boat can be operated with either solar or batteries. Those who want to build this electric boat itself, sets materials ready:

  • 2 x 0.5 l PET bottles with cap
  • 2 x long cable ties
  • 2 x 1.5 V batteries
  • duct tape
  • Styrofoam
  • rubber band
  • Cuttermesser
  • scissors
  • black marker
  • sandpaper

From the electronics building book:

  • Propeller and large propeller
  • battery holder
  • Alligator clips with cable
  • solar engine
  • solar cell

build center web

At the start you cut with a wide cutter made of polystyrene from the central web. Two recesses are cut in the lower part, on which the bottles are later attached. The upper end of the polystyrene obtained a round recess in which the motor is set. For clean edges to grind the footbridge with sandpaper. Thereafter, the motor is fixed to the Pinn outwardly with strong adhesive tape in the recess.

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe cable of the engine towards the backElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe electric motor is stuck up in the central web

Assemble airboat

In the next step, the boat propeller is assembled. For this one pierced with scissors a little Hole through the central web above the recesses for the PET bottles and pushed through a long cable tie. If one now mounted to the second cable tie the bottles on the Styrofoam pieces, without tightening them. So that the bottles do not collide at the back end, you cut a narrow block Styrofoam and pushes it between. In addition, the solar cell or the battery holder have such a better grip. For more stability both bottles are taped, as can be seen on the right figure. Now you set the propeller the Pinn the solar motor. You should not drag on central web when turning. Adjust the distances, the cable ties are tightened and clipped protruding ends.

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe airboat takes shapeElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenA small ridge keeps the PET bottle at a distance
Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenbuild electric boat from bottles

Electric drive for boat propeller

If you want to build an electric boat itself, insert two batteries into the battery holder and stick it firmly on the Styrofoam pieces between the bottles bellies. Connect using the alligator clips of the battery to the black wire of the engine and reverse the red wire. Protruding wires are bundled with a rubber band and glued in front of the center bar. Immediately after connecting the cable to the propeller starts to move.

equip propeller solar-powered boat

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenIn the sun, the propeller of the solar boat begins to turn

If the boat is powered by solar, one fixed, the solar cell using adhesive tape on the styrofoam centrally between the bottles and sticks two narrow strips along its adhesive film frame.

Finally connect the cables of the solar cell via alligator clips to the cables of the solar engine. Once the boat is in the sun, the propeller begins to turn. Driving the solar boat in the wrong direction, the connection cables can be easily exchanged.

Electric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenThe solar cell is stuck behind the center barElectric Boat and solar boat build yourself - Instructions for childrenConnection of the solar cell to the motor

Interested? With the above materials and the learning package "Adventure electric and solar boats" You can rebuild the boats themselves.

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