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Save the Sea Birds is set in the context of the Gulf Oil Spill of  2010. Students are asked to dream up an invention that would make sure oil spills never happen in the Gulf (or anywhere around the world) again. Since most crude oil is used for transportation, the best solution is to use another source of energy for moving people and things around the world. Students learn about electricity, solar energy, solar panels, motors, gears, and how to use all these to create solar-powered mass transportation. They design and build a vehicle that pulls plaster-filled plastic eggs, to remind them that solar-powered vehicles Save the Sea Birds.

Extra Classroom Kit 

$345 + shipping

Design lesson materials for one additional class of 28 students working in groups of 4

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  • 6-quart plastic storage boxes (7)
  • Set of assorted Lego bricks, gears, tires, axles, etc. (7)
  • Type A motor assemblies (7)
  • Type B motor assemblies (7)

Save the Sea Birds Kit 

$875 + shipping

Re-usable equipment and design lesson materials for one class of 28 students working in groups of 4


  • Hardcopy of curriculum in binder (1)
  • Black tote bin (1)
  • 8.5" 150W clamp lamps (7)
  • 150W incandescent bulbs (7)
  • Digital Multimeters (7)
  • Small cart (1)
  • Assorted weights
  • 250g/2.5N spring scales (7)
  • Plastic cups (7)
  • Roll of string (1)
  • Set of Unifix cubes
  • Mini solar car (1)
  • Toy car (1)
  • Pull-back cars (3)
  • Type A solar panel assemblies (7)
  • Type B solar panel assemblies (7)
  • AA cell battery and holder (7)
  • 6-quart plastic storage boxes (7)
  • Set of assorted Lego bricks, gears, tires, axles, etc. (7)
  • Type A motor assemblies (7)
  • Type B motor assemblies (7)

Save the Sea Birds

STEM Teaching Kit

An Introduction to Solar Energy, Force, and Motion