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Fuel cell car kit

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When I was a kid, I lived for all of the science and tech kits I’d get for Christmas: the chemistry sets, the rocketry starter kit, the telescope set, the X-Acto hobby tool chest, etc. Today’s budding nerds get to experiment with hydrogen fuel cells, thanks to the Thames & Kosmos Fuel Cell Kit offered by Carl’s Electronics (for $125). Experiments include: “How to build a solar-powered car; Effects of direct and indirect radiation; Characteristics of a solar module; Electrolysis and its effect on water; Oxy-hydrogen test; How to construct and load a reversible fuel cell; Decomposition of water in the fuel cell; Qualitative and quantitative analysis of gas in a fuel cell; How efficient is electrolysis?; How light influences electrolysis; Solar electrolysis; Fuel cell-powered car.” I wonder if it’s too late to finagle one of these under my Christmas tree?

Fuel Cell Car Kit [via] – Link

10 thoughts on “Fuel cell car kit

  1. I have seen this type of kit assembled and the one problem from the kids parents was that he got bored of it right away. The problem…? Dad slapped the last experiment in the book together in 30 minutes and then set it all up, totally wasting hours, maybe weeks of tinkering. This IS worth $125, especially with a meter and the manual, but please let the kid do everything…

  2. I built the enitre car from fuel cell to solar panel. It was really fun and exctiting to me. But I didn’t know that I had to use distlled water for the fuel cell.

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Gareth Branwyn is a freelance writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor to Boing Boing, Wink Books, and Wink Fun. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.

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