Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab
Champaign-Urbana Community Fab Lab

Solar-Powered Inventions

Put your invention skills to the test in this team-based camp organized around a single design prompt: solar-powered USB chargers. Participants will form groups and then come up with a unique point-of-view concept to drive their solar-powered invention. Each day will also include a review of relevant tools, software and electronics concepts. The final day of camp will end with a showcase of participant creations. 

Learning Process and Outcomes

We will make use of all kinds of materials for our inventions – including fabric with conductive thread, suction cups and hinges, laser-cut or 3D-printed mounting and more. Groups will be able to request additional materials to be purchased or brought in over the course of the week.

Take-Home Creations

Some kind of solar-panel based USB charger invention – it will include a recycled 18650 Li-Ion battery bank and one or more solar panels which can be used to safely recharge modern smartphones.

Please fill out and bring signed forms with you on the first day of camp OR just email us us the forms in advance. We will provide participants with a snack each day and a water bottle for the week.

Prerequisites: None
Difficulty:  Moderate
Required Ages:  11+
Required # of Participants: 6 – 15
Dates / Times: July 18 – 22 | 1pm – 4pm
Cost: $135

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