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Pitsco Education

Pitsco is a great resource for educational curriculum and hand-on kits for elementary and high school grades. Their products help students in the areas of science, technology, engineering, and math. 

Since I support sustainable energy, I suggested my review for Pitsco be on the Homeschool Beginning Solar Vehicles Pack. 

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Their isn’t much information on the Pitsco website about this pack of three cars. But Amazon has a great description for the Ezoon solar car. 

Product Description

The Pitsco SunEzoon Solar Car is a hands-on project that includes all parts needed to build a solar-powered model car for use with students in grades 3-12 studying solar energy and physics concepts such as force, motion, speed, velocity, and acceleration. Each kit contains a 0.45V, 400 mA solar panel with alligator clamps, motor, motor mount, front and rear polyethylene wheels, steel axles, nylon axle bushings, polystyrene gear font (variety of gears), chassis plate, a cut-and-fold paper cover, double-sided adhesive tabs, and instructions. The finished solar car measures approximately 2.5 x 5 x 4 inches (H x W x D). (H is height, the vertical distance from lowest to highest point; W is width, the horizontal distance from left to right; D is depth, the horizontal distance from front to back.) A solar car kit is typically used to demonstrate solar energy and physics.

The SunEzoon solar car kit requires scissors and hobby knife or sandpaper (all sold separately) for construction. The kit can be used in conjunction with the Pitsco 59465 SunEzoon Cars Teacher’s Guide (sold separately).

Science education products incorporate applied math and science principles into classroom projects. Teachers in pre-K, elementary, and secondary classrooms use science education kits and products alongside science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum to demonstrate STEM concepts and real-world applications through hands-on activities. Science education projects include a broad range of activities, such as practical experiments in engineering, aeronautics, robotics, energy, chemistry, physics, biology, and geology.

Pitsco Education develops K-12 science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) curriculum, educational kits, and classroom tools. The company, founded in 1971, is headquartered in Pittsburg, KS.

What’s in the Box?

  • Cut-and-Fold Cover SunEzoon Solar Car Kit
  • Large rear wheels (2 per car)
  • Small front wheels (2 per car)
  • Steel axles (2 per car)
  • Nylon axle bushings (4 per car)
  • Gear font (1 per car)
  • Motor (1 per car)
  • Motor mount (1 per car)
  • Chassis plate (1 per car)
  • Cut-and-fold paper car body cover (1 per car)
  • Solar panel with alligator clamps (1 per car)
  • Double-sided adhesive strip (1 per car)
  • Instructions

A teacher guide for this kit is also available from Pitsco although my review is just for the kit. Building a kit is a great way to demonstrate the benefits and resources of green technology and construction. Overall, I would rate the kit as fair. Each of the three car packages contained a  “gear font” sheet. This is a paper description of the gears and a plastic punch-out sheet of gears. Not all the gears are used in the making of the kit, so I’m thinking it would be a lot more Eco friendly if only the gears needed were actually included. Didn’t like the unnecessary waste here. PLEASE READ PITSCO EXPLANATION IN COMMENT SECTION

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Assembly of the kit was easy to slightly difficult. Opinion could vary here based on age and skill. The kits themselves are not high quality but designed for instructional purposes. Basically, they are all inclusive since only a few other materials are needed for their assembly.
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Results? They worked. But only in DIRECT sunlight. AND they need as easy surface to work on. No off-roading with these guys. Don’t expect them to be something they aren’t (can’t be steered). They are solar power cars you can build to see that sunlight can be harnessed. (yeah!) 
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A good holiday gift idea!!
I received the Homeschool Beginning Solar Vehicles Pack from Pitsco Education to help facilitate the writing of an honest review. A positive review is not guaranteed, and all opinions are my own. No other compensation was received.

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