The world’s first solar-powered airplane science project kit for kids is launched on kickstarter by ToyLabs, Inc., a Silicon Valley start-up that specializes in educational, build-and-play projects that teach kids the fundamental principles of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM). The Volta Flyer project is a DIY science kit packaged with all the prefabricated components necessary to build and fly the solar-powered airplane. Kids can discover the world of aeronautics, solar energy, mechanical engineering, and electronics when they assemble and fly the Volta Flyer
"We're extremely excited to announce the Volta Flyer via a Kickstarter campaign," said Tim Curley, ToyLabs' Founder. "Our goal with the Volta Flyer is to spark the imagination of kids by engaging them in hands-on STEM experiments in flight and clean energy that really brings science learning to life."
The key features of the Volta Flyer are:
- Lightweight, efficient thin-film amorphous silicon solar "panel-on-wing" design technology built on a flexible polymer substrate
- 90 seconds exposure under the sun for about 30 seconds of flight time on average (weather conditions depended)
- Hand-launch with a flip of a button to initiate propulsion for the Flyer
- Unique power management system for powering flights without batteries
- Super-lightweight, eco-friendly materials
- Repeatable use
- Only 20 minutes needed to assemble without any special tools or glues
"The Volta Flyer promotes learning-by-doing, encouraging kids to build technology-based science projects that take them outdoors to engage in the physical world through active play and discovery," Curley added. "With the Volta Flyer, kids gain confidence when exploring science hands-on - which often inspires them to explore STEM subjects further."