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Inviting curiosity around the topic of renewable energy is the most fun way to learn about solar power. Suntoy is aware that many schools in South Africa have limited educational resources. We therefore offer practical and playful explanations by producing our SunCar and SunFan kits.

Best suited for learners in elementary and high school, any learner can assemble their own solar powered toy by following the basic instructions included in the kit. Learners are motivated to explore, discover and create. Educators have a functional product to assist them in teaching theoretical lessons. These toys are solar tutors that answer, “How does this work?”

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Amanada Calitz, a teacher at Nooitgedacht Primary School near Johannesburg, emailed us: “The sunny people of Suntoy gave us a SunCar and a SunFan to build as a group at our Astronomy Club. We built the solar powered car and fan while speaking about the sun. It took some concentration from the learners but in the end they had a lot of fun. Thank you Suntoy for investing in us. Keep up the good work!”

Suntoy is dedicated to promoting the awareness and education of all green energy sources.

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Spotting solar powered cars travelling our South African roads made us wonder… were they spacecraft, cyborgs, interstellar travellers or UFOs? Could it be a Sci-fi movie set?

These phenomena were mini SunCars at the Sasol Solar Challenge. Assembled from kits designed by Suntoy, SunCars teach how photovoltaic modules are used to power vehicles. Imagine if the sun could power all cars, reducing our reliance on fossil fuels such as petrol and diesel.

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“Sasol placed a huge order for our SunCars. Shoni spent several days cutting the wheels on the laser cutter and packaging the kits,David Way explained.

Congratulations to all the teams that took part!
Thanks to Riaan Venter, the DIY Guru, (@DIYmetRiaan) for the onsite photos.

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The Solar AstroWheel was conceptualised during a convo between a ‘flowery' artist and a ‘functional' engineer. Its story began by envisioning something wow-worthy yet educational. How do we teach about solar energy, the Solar System and the awesomeness of the Sun using the products we manufacture? Our name has the word ‘toy' in it for a reason - we love to play… and play we did.

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Inspired by the concept of a Ferris wheel, sketches evolved into 3D CAD drawings. Designing and building the AstroWheel was no easy task, even for savvy engineers Harald, David and Shoni. Rotating a wheel with 16 Consol Solar Jars attached to the rim in such a way that as the wheel turns, they are kept upright by gravity. With an engine powered solely by solar energy, this AstroWheel was one-of-a-kind. A sculpture in the round: free-standing with no wire cables or electricity points - just a charged solar panel and solar lights.

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Being a theatre-in-a-jar, we inserted aluminium plates with Solar System facts engraved on them. Keeping the Consol Solar Jars balanced and equally weighted was tricky as we carefully poured measured cap-fulls of coloured glass beads into the jars - red for Mars and ice blue for Neptune. High school science students were truly wowed!

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This year, at ScopeX Telescope and Astrology Expo, our dream became reality. The star party commenced with the lighting of red LEDs for optimal telescopic night vision. As the AstroWheel spun, observers were mesmerised.

Sometimes a team of engineers needs a ‘flowery’ artist in their midst to make the recipe work :).

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Congratulations to all the science project winners of ScopeX! Enjoy using your prize Consol Solar Jar!

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Mr Sunshine, aka Harald Schulz, facilitates a series of solar workshops in Alexandria. This Suntoy outreach program introduces young adults to renewable energy.

At the workshops, sponsored by Mama Earth, Harald teaches the basics of Photovoltaic (PV) applications (generating electrical power by converting solar radiation into direct current electricity using semi-conductors). The aim is for each participant to increase skills, pass on their knowledge to their community and start his/her own entrepreneurial small business using solar energy products. Classroom learnings became reality as participants powered a TV, stereo and light from solar energy.

Charles, director of Sakha Isizwe, is a participant, "Harald is understandable and has made me aware of the power of the sun. I now know what to look for in solar products. I'd mark him ten out of ten!"

For further information and to invite Mr Sunshine to facilitate a series of custom designed workshops at your organization, school or company, please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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