This great-looking Stirling Engine Kit, from the Maker Shed, is as majestic as a piece of art and it’ll help you understand the basics of thermodynamics. Unlike internal combustion engines, Stirling engines run on an external heat source, which can be anything from combustible fuels to geothermal or solar energy! You can try 3 different experiments: the generator, the fan, and the car. The kit includes a display stand so you can show it off as the world’s coolest desk toy after you finish the experiments.

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  • daniel mcclain

    uh, what is the battery pack and electric motor for?

    • WC

      That’s a good question.  It’s not in the kit (instructions, at least) from what I can tell.  If I had to guess, I’d say they were tying to use it to jump-start it hands-free.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_TLB4BNX7LWGWGLHSQOMHWBYCKM ROBERT

    Near the bottom of the story it says it can be used for three different experiments: the GENERATOR, the fan, and the car. Maybe hes charging the batteries?