engadget by Mariella Moon
Kids have much, much fancier toys to play with these days. The Volta Flyer is one of them: it works kind of like a paper plane, except it’s made of sturdier materials and has a solar panel to keep it flying for at least 30 seconds. If the ToyLab team reaches its $39,000 goal on Kickstarter, backers who pledge $40 or more will get a kit comprised of a fuselage, motor and propeller, a thin silicon solar panel and stabilizers. Once the components are all pieced together — and this could take less than 20 minutes, ToyLab says — the plane can then be charged by holding it up to the sun for 90 seconds before hand launching it into the air. According to its campaign notes, ToyLab’s goal is to give kids “practical insights into STEM” by having them build the plane themselves… though there’s absolutely nothing preventing grown adults from getting their own.