Solar Ferris Wheel

Our team consists of two seniors. In our high school physics class, we were required to get into groups and create a project. We decided to make a solar powered Ferris wheel because we live in the same town as the Kansas State Fair. We have grown up taking trips to the fair and riding the Ferris wheel. Because of this, we wanted to create a Ferris wheel that uses less energy through solar panels. We wanted our design to be fun, creative, and different than the other groups in our class. Although it was a lot of fun to make, there were a few challenges along the way. At times we had trouble getting glue to stick to the paint, connecting the solar panels to the motor, and making sure that the string connected to the wheel and the motor wouldn't get stuck. Thankfully, we were able to overcome these small obstacles and it made our product even better!

Team Info

School/Org

Trinity Catholic Jr./Sr. High School

State/Region

KS

Grade Level

9-12

Structure Info

Number of Panels

1

Rated Voltage (V)

1.5

Rated Amperage (mA)

400

Rated Power (mW)

0.65

Video

No video

Circuit Info

Loads and Switches

one motor

Electrical Storage Devices

no electrical storage devices

Microcontrollers

Arduino

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