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50mm diameter Aluminium pipe 600mm long.
Secure the bending bar in two bench vices and rress the Ecolamp body over the bending bar to achieve a curve. Care is needed so that it does not simply buckle. The best method is to make several small bends over an area.
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Jarrah Blocks used in Ecolamp project. 70mm x 42mm x 95mm.
This wood block provides ballast to help keep the lamp upright. It can be shaped and finished according to students' designs. A small pilot hole is required prior to drilling the screws.
Aluminuim body used for the Ecolamp project. 600mm long.
This extrusion is designed to accept the ploypropylene cut to 30mm strips which cover up the cord and screws (if the base is back-fitting). The length is designed to make it easy to bend, but generally the lenght will be too long. Cut to size after bending with a junior hacksaw.
Small cord switches (black).
These inline switches accept the light gauge cable used inthe Ecolamp project. Wire strippers are needed to remove the insulation and to remove a section from one of the wires. A fine tipped soldering iron is recommended to connect the wires to the terminals.
This switch fits into the base of the Ecolamp by drilling a 12mm diameter hole through the base intersecting the hole drilled for the cable. Feed the cable through the cable hole, pull a loop of the cable through the switch hole, separate the cables, cut and strip one cable and solder onto the switch, push the switch into the switch hole with the cables, cover the hole on the other side of the base.
12V /400mA with 2.2m cord.
Extra length is provided so that if a student makes a mistake connecting the switch then there should be enough for a second go.
Schools should make their own arrangements to verify electrical safety when working with projects of an electrical nature. It is recommended that a qualified electrician be used. This remains the responsibility of the school.
10mm double line of LEDs for maximum brightness, enough for one class.
This LED strip system can be cut every third LED along an indicator line. Terminals are available for the wire to be soldered on to. The strip has polarity so it is important to check for illumination before completing the connection.
Polypropylene sheets (700x1500mm) - White.
This material is to suit the Photon Factor and ecolamp projects. For Photon Factor use in combination with the clear polypropylene sheets. 1 sheet should provide for 4 students. Cut into 30mm strips for the Ecolamp project. 1 sheet will do 2 classes.
Pack of 100 screws.
These are the best screws for the Ecolamp project. They are self tapping and won't rust. 2 per student. Use a cordless drill in the classroom and help your students become unfazed by removing screws easily.
Full set of resources for teaching the Ecolamp project effectively. Students' notes include information sheets, worksheets guiding them through the design process, and class tests. Understanding the power of light as a design opportunity as well as some of the sustainability issues is the emphasis in the theory part of this project. A full description of how to make the Ecolamp is included. Teachers' notes include teaching hints, answers to questions and teaching guide. This resource pack will include a classroom video in 2012.
Use this insert to clean up the rough cut end of the extrusion. Simply ensure that there are no burrs and the end is cut squarely then push the insert in.
This 1.2m long heat shrink tubing is used for covering the connection between the cable and the LED strip. It protects the solder and eliminates chance of a short circuit. Slide the heat shrink over the join and use a hot air gun to shrink it on.
Pack of 5 pens, each pen is 10ml
These pens contain the first non-toxic electrically conductive paint available to consumers today. They work the same way as glitter glue pens, and are designed for people of all ages to explore elecronics, and learn about circuit making using a handy, easy-to-use format. They can be used on almost any surface, including cardboard, paper, wood, wallpaper, walls, textiles, and some plastics. The material also works as a conductive glue so it can be used to attach components to any of these surfaces. Nontoxic and water-soluble, they can be used without gloves or mask. Once applied the paint dries quickly at room temperature, and can be removed with soap and water.