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OWI Valiant Viking Ship Solar Powered

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  • Solar Robot Kit by OWI
  • This solar science kit designed for first time experimenters with little or no experience
  • Solar Panel Output : 1.1V x 50mA
  • Solar Powered
  • OWI is the premier line of educational electronics and robotics kits
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Description

Product Description

Features ROW! Let's turn back time when the Vikings used to cross the Atlantic or to sail east. The hard rowing crew used the rolling method to maneuver their large, silent, swift ships through rivers and into the open waters of the Black Sea. The evolution of the 21st Century version of OWI's Valiant Viking Ship is similar in nature but uses alternative energy principle, solar, to power its way through water. The sweat drenched Vikings would have welcomed and appreciated the new and improved method of propulsion. It would appear the Valiant Viking Ship is smiling as the sun shines providing its rhythmic splashing, as the oars penetrate the water's edge to create movement. You can almost hear the cheers of the Vikings as they standby and watch the alternative energy principle demonstrate its marvel. Upon completion of its journey, one can moor the ship on its docking station (included). No batteries required and 33 plastic parts to assemble. It's most advantageous because: it's very inexpensive for individuals or groups; clear easy to follow instructions; motivates students to learn about solar energy; a great self-contained take-home project for boys or girls clubs; challenges young people to be technically precise with miniature parts; teaches students to follow precise visual diagrams; have hours of fun experimenting with solar energy. Solar Panel Output : 1.1V x 50mA Assembled Size : 170mm x 200mm x 105mm Solar Cell Life : 2 yrs in normal use Motor: DC Power Consumption : 1.2V x 10mA

From the Manufacturer

The Valiant Viking Ship is a Solar Robot Kit by OWI. Suitable for Ages 10 and Older. This kit is from the Jr. Science Series which is designed for first time experimenters with little or no experience. Powered by a high efficiency, mini solor cell. Constructed from high density plastic parts. Easy-to-assemble with no batteries. Illustrated assembly guide. Required to assemble: diagonal cutters and screwdriver (not included) SPECS: Solar Panel Output: 1.1V x 50mA. Assembled Size: 170mm x 200mm x 105mm, Unit Weight: 5.5 oz / Solar Cell Life: 2 yrs in normal use. Motor: DC-Power Consumption: 1.2V x 10mA.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 6.2 x 1.8 x 8.2 inches
Item Weight 5.6 ounces
Shipping Weight 5.6 ounces
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
International Shipping This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
ASIN B003BL8N86
Item model number OWI-MSK678
Manufacturer recommended age 10 - 15 years
Best Sellers Rank #695,439 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
#475 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Science > Robotics
#513 in Toys & Games > Learning & Education > Solar
#1,345 in Industrial & Scientific > Robotics > Domestic & Personal Robots
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By Eric Bulmer on July 5, 2008
I just built one of these yesterday (7.05.08) and it was a lot of fun. The directions are very clear, although as always I wish they were in color, especially for the gears, as this would help kids greatly. The gearbox looks like a treasure chest (nice touch!), but if it was symmetrical, kids would be less confused about how to put it in the boat (it must be oriented properly for the screws to meet their guides).Still, it's one of two choices, so you can get past this quickly. The panel, motor and gear relationship is GREAT, slightly better than the Seagull or Mini Racer by this same mfr. Love the display stand feature. Lastly, it WORKS! Put it in water and any kid young or old will love watching it paddle its way along, even in fairly low light conditions.
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I actually bought this to put on my toddlers birthday cake since we were doing a viking theme, but I assembled it completely. I have done models before and I thought this would be an excellent introductory kit for a child. As long as your kid has fine motor coordination, like the ability to use a small screwdriver, this would be a good project.
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I bought this and 'The Solar System Kit' and was very very disappointed that neither of them work. I cannot recommend either of them.
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Kids didn't enjoy building it b/c they couldn't follow the instructions on their own and after I helped them it was still disappointing b/c the oars kept falling out. It only took a few days to completely fall apart.
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This kit was easy enough for my 9 year old to do on her own in about an hour or two. She did something wrong the first time, took it back apart, and redid it with no help. It's cute and fun. Recommended for any tinkerer.
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