Voltaic: Solar Powered Little Bits & LEGO

4 years ago, we asked Voltaic Systems to build a solar panel for our LEGO cars. They improved the design since then and shared it on their blog.


From Voltaic:

“We combined LittleBits, Legos, and our 2 Watt, 6 Volt solar panel to create a robot that draws circles with two different colors. The LittleBit components we used were the microUSB power module, the motor, and the dimmer (to change the speed of the motor). The entire circuit requires less than 60mA so it was able to run even when the sun was partially shaded. Sliding the wheel closer or further away from the body of the robot changed the size of the circle that was drawn.

All we needed were some spare Lego pieces, tape, and rubber-bands and our bot was drawing circles in no time! We encourage you to send us pictures of your own Voltaic solar creations.”

Our Solar Panel LEGO Project A Year Later

A year ago, we asked Voltaic Systems to help us build a solar panel that we could use for our engineering with LEGO projects.  We sent them this prototype:

And this is what they had to say.

“You know it is going to be a good day at work when you get a solar-powered Lego Car in the mail. The folks at Play-Well sent it to us after choosing to use our panels for this project (if you have children, check out Play-Well’s class locations for the best in LEGO-based engineering instruction). Here’s the video of the car cruising through our offices.”

A year later, we now have a few solar panel projects including this solar panel tank.  Thanks Voltaic Systems!  Solar Panel Tank

We will be offering a few green engineering camps this summer which include our solar panel projects.  For more information about our summer program, click here: http://bit.ly/2014PlayWellCamps