Daring Escape From Hidden Island (Pepper Mint)
Follow Pepper on an adventure to a mysterious island and learn about solar energy! Discover solar-powered evaporation; how solar radiation makes a pinwheel spin; and learn to use a sundial. Use a mini solar panel to power a small vibrating motorboat to help Pepper get home. Includes a mini Pepper Mint figure.
We all know Pepper Mint loves to investigate and explore, so it's no wonder that when she hears of the mysterious Hidden Island, she immediately sets off to find it. But once she discovers it, she must use her ingenuity and scientific reasoning to get back home.
In this story-based STEM kit, you can join our curious young scientist on her quest. First, you'll use colorfully printed wooden panels to build an island experiment-and-play station. Then, it's time to follow along with the storybook-style manual to conduct the experiments Pepper Mint performs. Explore the topic of solar energy and its useful applications as you build a solar panel with a photovoltaic cell and test it with different light sources. Use solar radiation to operate a solar thermal tower with a spinning pinwheel. Learn how to tell the time with a sundial and how to turn salt water into fresh water by growing salt crystals with solar-powered evaporation. Finally, use a solar cell to power a small boat with a vibrating motor Pepper Mint's ticket to escaping the island!
Just as with the other kits in the award-winning Pepper Mint series, your models can be used long after the fun of experimenting alongside this curious young engineer is complete. These models become the setting for infinite adventures and storylines--limited only by your imagination! Combine models from other Pepper Mint kits to embark on a truly extensive, fun (and educational!) playtime adventure. Scale Pepper Mint figurine included.
Engineering and science. It's what makes the world work! Pepper Mint, an eleven-year-old girl, loves figuring out how things work and making inventions large and small. Join her on her many adventures and follow her challenges to build useful contraptions. Along the way, learn about the principles of physics, what makes machinery work, and engineering. In each kit, Pepper sets off on a new journey - maybe into the jungle, maybe into the sea - and creates or uses systems that you build. For instance, in the Underwater Science Voyage Kit, she must build a hydraulic powered crane when the electricity on her ship goes out. After you make the system with her, the manual explains the principles behind the machine (like how force is transferred with water), how it works, and encourages you to experiment with design. A fun, hands-on way to learn about and explore physics and engineering principles. - Janine