Hawthorn High School's - Solar Challenge

A project by: Kayleigh Evans



from 18 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 06 Jul 2019
What humans do over the next 50 years will determine the fate of all life on the planet.


Number of students that will benefit: 120

Age of students: 11-12

Percentage eligible for free school meals: 0.2%


About us

We are the science department at Hawthorn High School, Pontypridd. Here at Hawthorn we believe we can offer the opportunities and security children need to achieve their best. Everything we do is driven by our commitment to provide our children with the highest standards of teaching and learning.

What do we want?

We want our students to appreciate that for many people in developing countries modern energy is completely inaccessible, and yet the problems they face daily are unsolvable without it.

The most powerful natural resource available is the sun. Solar technology uses this to provide these communities with the electrical energy they need. We want the students to have a hands out experience of how STEM fields can help solve these real world issues.

Who is this for?

This is for us to use to develop cross curricular links in learning.

Why do we want it?

A STEM focused curricular linked to real world problems. This will ensure that our learners are ambitious and creative who are also ethically informed citizens with the skillset to ensure they have a success future.


For our solar challenge project we would like to buy:

The practical Action Solar Kit (product code: TE10025) https://www.tts-group.co.uk/practical-action-solar-kit/1017324.html (£89.95)

This pack includes:

  • Batteries and battery holders
  • 1.5v bulbs and holders
  • Buzzers
  • Electrical Motors and blades
  • Crocodile leads
  • Solar Cells

2 x Genee vision 50 Visualiser & Document Camera www.goeduction.co.uk (£198 x 2 = £396)

15 x Student Digital Multimeter DM830D (£14.47 x 15 = £217.05)

Sub Total = £703 (incl VAT* & delivery)

+3% payment processing fees (charged by the payment provider)

Grand Total = £725


If we're fortunate enough to raise more than our target, then we would also like to buy a Time Lapse and Motion Activated Camera costing £112.95.


Please do donate, but if you can't donate right now you can help us in other ways! Share this project with anyone you think would support us. Share the link at the top of the page on Twitter, Facebook, email, your website, blog, mention us in a phone call or even just a chat over the fence! Please support us and help make a difference to our students.

Rocket Fund is a pilot project by Nesta. Nesta is a registered charity in England and Wales 1144091 and Scotland SC042833