We were asked by the lovely people at Find me a gift.com to review one of their science products.
I chose the Dynamo torch set from Green Science, as it is one of those these that is great to demonstrate, but you don’t usually have the equipment lying about the house. It is, in my opinion, a good investment kit.
Basically, the Dynamo Torch Science Experiment shows you how to turn a simple toy motor into a generator. This generator converts hand motion into electrical energy and can even power a light bulb! The fantastic science kit shows you how to make a unique torch, and no batteries are even required.
It is priced at £9.99
The set is recommended from age five plus with the supervision of an adult, and I think this is because it has fiddly parts and obviously the concept is a tricky one. However, as you know, for me, it is not always about the scientific theory it is about sparking interest, and I can assure you that Noah, at age three, thought it was amazing that he could make a light turn on just by turning a wheel!
I did set my husband the challenge of putting it together purely because I use dynamo concepts all the time when teaching, so would know what to do, and I wanted to see if it was easy to put together by a ‘non-scientist’. He found the instructions very simple and straightforward forward, and to be fair, he is not the most practically-minded, so they must have been good. You do need a little screwdriver and a good one at that, as there are some little screws to put in.
This was the result!
And in action! The little tune in this video was created spontaneously by Noah, and I just had to hold in my giggles!
Last Updated on March 7, 2023 by Emma Vanstone