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The most important team decision...deciding a captain! So who wants to be the leader of this team? Hamza? Ata? Basim? I guess we have to resort to eenie-meanie-miney-moe...

The most important team decision…deciding a captain! So who wants to be the leader of this team? Hamza? Ata? Basim? I guess we have to resort to eenie-meanie-miney-moe…

Sadly the month of March is coming to an end yet Spring has not yet arrived. As we patiently await the warm southern breeze, bright sunshine, and green grass our youth went indoors to generate a little bit of homemade sunshine. Every single day we are constantly surrounded by devices and machines – computers, TVs,  iPods, tablets, e-readers, electric shavers, blenders and other kitchen equipment, and the age-old washer and dryer. Yet how often do we stop and realize the power source that fuels all of these devices and where this power comes from? When we asked our youth what is the power source for charging their computers, phones, and other handy gadgets, many of them pointed out electricity. None of them though knew how the electricity they use everyday is created and distributed out to their homes – that source being a generator. A generator helps convert mechanical energy (typically) to electrical energy. Electrical current generated by the generator is carried through a series of wires to our homes. As we plug our electric devices into the outlets in the walls, they come into contact with these wires carrying electric current. This helps fuel up our electric devices to ensure they have enough juice to perform!

To help our youth better grasp the importance of the generator (while learning skills required to work effectively in teams), we gave them the challenge of making their very own mini-generators to light up a 2.2 amp light bulb. How did they go about constructing their generators? Check out the pictures below to find out:

Let us begin! Murtaza draws an outline of the box for his team's generator. Ahmed keeps a close eye in the distance while Raad reads the directions out loud. Nice work team!

Let us begin! Murtaza draws an outline of the box for his team’s generator. Ahmed keeps a close eye in the distance while Raad reads the directions out loud. Nice work team!

 

Basim uses the handy-dandy box cutter to cut out his generator box. Ata inspects Basim's work closely...Salah can't bear to watch so he turns his eyes away from the cutting board.

Basim uses the handy-dandy box cutter to cut out his generator box. Ata inspects Basim’s work closely…Salah can’t bear to watch so he turns his eyes away from the cutting board.

 

Hamza creeps out the cameraman as Ahmed carefully cuts out his team's generator box...

Hamza creeps out the cameraman as Ahmed carefully cuts out his team’s generator box…

Ata tapes his team's box together and voila! We have the first part of our mini-generators done!

Ata tapes his team’s box together with assistance from Nabeel and voila! We have the first part of our mini-generator done!

 

X marks the treasure! Danyal pokes a hole through his treasure (ahem generator) box with a nail. We have a box cutter, a nail, and a cardboard box all in play...this is about to get exciting!

X marks the treasure! Danyal pokes a hole through his treasure (ahem generator) box with a nail. We have a box cutter, a nail, and a cardboard box all in play…this is about to get exciting!

 

Murtaza and Raad unwind the spool of magnetic wire around their generator box. Almost finished...

Murtaza and Raad unwind the spool of magnetic wire around their generator box. Almost finished…

 

We're done! Nurideen and Mustafa are ready to test out their team's generator. Let's go guys!

We’re done! Nurideen and Mustafa are ready to test out their team’s generator. Let’s go guys!

 

We connected each end of the magnetic wire to the ends of the filament tip of a 2 amp light bulb. After using muscle power to spin the nail around and around, enough electricity was generated to light up the bulb. Yureka, we have homemade sunshine!

We connected each end of the magnetic wire to the ends of the filament tip of a 2 amp light bulb. After using muscle power to spin the nail around and around, enough electricity was generated to light up the bulb. Yureka, we have homemade sunshine!

If you would like to make your very own mini generator, click on the link below for a set of equipment and instructions. Most items needed for the generator can be found lying around your house.

Homemade Mini Generator Procedure

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