• Ages: 8+
  • $34.99

Solar Plant Kit

Build a solar powered sensor that lights up when your plant needs water.  Learn about solar power. Make circuits. Get messy with plaster-of-paris.

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  • Build your own solar-powered moisture sensor!

Learn to build functional circuits and sensors

Make the sensor using plaster and a circuit.

Intro to solar technology

Twist the wires together to build the solar panels and attach to your favourite plant.

Perfect for caring kids - looking after plants is fun!

The light will flash when the plant's thirst needs quenching!

Feedback that feeds plants

Using solar panels, a few electronic components, and getting your hands dirty with plaster-of-paris, build a sensor that lights up when your plant needs water. It’s the perfect introduction to building circuits, learning about sensors and solar power.

What's in the box?

1: Two LEDs

2: Plastic Marker

3: Two Nails

4: Acrylic Casing

5: Resistor (plus spare)

6: Mosfet (plus spare)

7: Plastic Container

8: Solar Panel

9: Free access to our Make platform

What is the Solar Plant kit?

The Solar Plant kit is a solar-powered sensor which lights up to alert when the plant is in need of water.

What do you learn with this kit?

Kids learn about how solar energy works by building their own solar-powered circuit. They also use plaster of paris to make a moisture sensor.

What is the recommended age?

8 years and up – though we think it’s a great kit for forgetful grownups too

How is it powered?

You guessed it – it’s powered through solar energy, so no batteries are needed!

Where can I find the manual?

Club Make is the place to be – we’ve got awesome online manuals to match our awesome kits.

Do you offer educational discounts?

We sure do! Check out our Educators page for more info.

I have a question that’s not in this FAQ, how can I get in touch with someone?

Please feel free to drop our friendly Customer Support team a message anytime, they will be more than happy to help! You can reach them here.

Private: Solar Plant Kit

$34.99

Make

Make your own moisture sensor out of plaster of paris and nails. Twist together your circuit and power it all with a solar panel that will tell an LED to flash when your plants need watering.

– Good for ages 8 to 108!
– Suitable for beginners. Can be hacked by more advanced makers with an Arduino
– Great introduction to electronics

Play

Before you attach your solar panel to your circuit, feel the suns power by placing the wires onto your tongue and enjoying the buzz!

Learn

How to make a simple circuit using basic electronics. No soldering required to keep your plants happy!

Invent

Use the principles learnt in this kit to make more sensors around your space as well as circuits that have a practical application to help simplify your life. Use an Arduino microcontroller to create automatic watering cans or plants that tweet when they’re thirsty – the world of sensors and gardening is your oyster!