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Thames & Kosmos Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit


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  • 96-page, full-color experiment manual
  • For ages 12 and above
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 13 x 4.2 x 16.5 inches ; 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3.2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • Origin: China
  • ASIN: B00006YYOG
  • Item model number: 628710
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 12 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #481,263 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (10 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Product Description

Kids will have fun discovering the energy source of the 21st century with the Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit. They can explore the operation of a fuel cell and learn about using solar energy to decompose water into oxygen and hydrogen, generating energy from oxygen and hydrogen and storing energy that can be used anytime. They'll learn basic concepts in physics, chemistry, mathematics and engineering, plus they'll understand how to build a pollution-free vehicle. Kit also promotes skills in reading comprehension and mathematics applications. Imported.

From the Manufacturer

The Thames & Kosmos Fuel Cell Car and Experiment Kit provide a playful introduction to one of the most significant technologies of the early 21st Century. With this kit you can build a model car that actually runs on water. First, add water and watch it separate into hydrogen and oxygen. Then, use those stored gases to power your vehicle across the floor. Now that we have your attention, roll up your sleeves and find out more through experiments and demonstrations you can do on your own, in a classroom or with friends. With this unique kit, you can build your own experimental reversible fuel cell car to learn more about this energy source. With more than 30 experiments and demonstrations, users will learn how a reversible fuel cell works to perform electrolysis as well as to create energy. The electricity required to activate electrolysis is created with a large solar cell included with the kit. During electrolysis, water is separated into hydrogen and oxygen and the resulting energy is stored as a gas. When needed, the gas is fed into the fuel cell, which then serves as the power source.

Customer Reviews

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Everything is high quality except for the cars wheels which are very flimsy.
Conrad H. Blickenstorfer
The manual then does a nice job of using the multimeter to conduct more experiments, like how the intensity of the sun varies over the day.
B. Jacobsen
This kit is impressive in it's simplicity and highly recommended for a learning tool.
Anthony W. Snodgrass

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Conrad H. Blickenstorfer on March 6, 2008
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This kit teaches about solar energy, photo-voltaic electrolysis and fuel cells. A 100-page manual explains electrical concepts, shows how to use a digital multimeter to measure voltage and current, and guides through 30 experiments from simple measurements to pretty involved computations. I bought the kit for my 12-year-old son. I read the manual in advance and then guided him through it all. We then used the kit as the basis for a science project. The kit includes a solar cell to either produce electricity or break down water into oxygen and hydrogen to drive the fuel cell. It includes a car, cables, multimeter, fuel tanks, safety goggles, etc. Everything is high quality except for the cars wheels which are very flimsy. The manual is very good but the translation from German is choppy at times and flip-flops between metric and imperial units. Overall, excellent.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By C. Dillman on August 16, 2008
Very high quality components, I have used mine as a demonstration system extensively with no issues. PV cell operates in cloudy/lower light conditions much better than others I have used.

Strongly recommend!!!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By L. Williams on May 22, 2008
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I bought this for my 15-year-old son who is very interested in alternative fuels and transportation, and it's incredible. My son played with it for about 8 hours straight and still does every chance he gets. The car teaches you about how a fuel cell works, and you get to see with your own eyes how simple the technology actually is. While I don't necessarily believe hydrogen fuel cells are the answer on their own, they will likely be part of the solution to our decreasing oil supply. The only negative thing I have to say about this item is that the rubber wheels tend to come off easily, so we've ended up running it without them.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Education advocate on January 13, 2008
The product we bought, "fuel cell, car and experiment kit" is a great educational product.

It is not only a toy, it is an educational product that deals with shaping up a youngster's future maybe.
For the learning it provides, it is not expensive. Amazon.com is a great site with great service.

We think this "toy" should be in every parent's shopping bag!
(we work for a university and will use this "toy" for demonstrations to middle and high school students). It is the future of our students we are concerned about!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By B. Jacobsen on November 8, 2009
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I had an earlier version of this kit; the new car is improved. There is a good manual as well.
One question I had was "what is in this outside the fuel cell car"? They put in a multimeter (ammeter + voltmeter) -- a slightly nicer one runs about $20 at Radio Shack if you're curious. There is also the solar panel that they hype.
The manual then does a nice job of using the multimeter to conduct more experiments, like how the intensity of the sun varies over the day. A couple of their experiments have nothing to do with the car (components in series versus parallel) but the vast majority do. There is a mix of experiments about the fuel cell and the photovoltaic cell.
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