Innovative Lives

Experiments with Solar Shingles

The Story of Inventor Subhendu Guha


Build your own solar shingle powered invention!


What kinds of supplies can I use?

Anything except batteries. Your invention must be powered by the solar shingle. Some ideas for supplies are:

Rubber Bands LEDs Motors
Drinking Straws
Paper Clips Springs
String Wire Spools
Soup Can Plastic Lids

What should I invent?

Your invention can be practical or just fun. Use your imagination!

Try thinking about things that move, glow, spin, bounce or make sound.

Remember: Almost anything that can be powered by batteries can be powered by the solar shingle.

This activity was created by Emily Wilson, Lemelson Center

All text and images © Smithsonian Institution. Updated 26 February 1999.

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