Empow Studios this week received a donation of 5 solar-powered cars and 30 kits for building these cars through a program organized by Impact for Good. The cars were donated by Kiva Systems, a North Reading, MA-based company which has developed a mobile-robotic warehouse system that automates everything from inventory control to picking, packing, and shipping sortation.
Kiva Systems interns had built these solar powered cars and raced them on a track they made. Then, in partnership with Impact for Good, they sought an organization which could put these cars and kits to good use.
Empow Studios is continually looking for new ideas and new ways to make technology accessible to kids, and these cars open up all sorts of opportunities for discussion and learning. When the kids at this week’s summer camp took the cars on a test run in the studio, they not only had fun racing them in the studio but also learned about how photoreceptors are used to capture the energy from the sun and convert it into usable energy.
The cars will be used as technology teaching tools at several of the free community events that Empow offers throughout the year.