The Shack loves a good science fair, so we’re pretty excited about the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair this weekend in San Antonio, TX. In fact, back in February, we were at the Fort Worth Regional Science Fair checking out the local students and their cool projects. We gave out several RadioShack Awards, with winners from R.C. Loflin Middle School, Azle High School, and Harmony School of Innovation.
One such winner was Logan Zartman, from Harmony Science Academy, with his “Wireless Power: Who Needs Cords?” His project, built using RadioShack parts, tested whether or not power could be transferred wirelessly using magnetic induction. Logan was able to power multiple LED lights over a distance of up to 6 centimeters, proving that magnetic induction could be used to transmit power wirelessly. Interestingly, he also discovered that the angle of the receiver and the transmitter had an effect on the efficiency of the power transfer.
As Logan concluded in his presentation, “The concepts of this project have countless applications to the real world. In the future, it could be used to nearly eliminate the need for cords in short-range power transfers such as the charging of mobile devices, powering a printer, or even allowing one to watch TV.” Here’s a photo of Logan’s Wireless Power final device in action:
RadioShack wishes Logan and the hundreds of other students competing this weekend the best of luck! What’s the coolest thing you’ve built using parts at RadioShack?
UPDATE: We’re proud to congratulate all of the winners at the ExxonMobil Texas Science and Engineering Fair 2011. Logan took 1st Place for the Engineering: Electrical/Mechanical division.