We started the day with a delicious tropical breakfast at the resort, then took some time to learn more of the science that we will be showing the schools. We played with solar panels, putting them in series to increase the voltage output and talked about how to increase the amperage by putting them in parallel. We also played with motors and mulimeters and made fruit batteries.
Aside from basic electrical concepts such as how series and parallel circuits work, the main thing we want to promote in the schools is how to maintain their solar electrical systems. Batteries stop working if the solar panel is too dirty to recharge them, and once the battery is completely flat, it’s ruined. If phones are plugged in to the energy supply for a vaccination fridge it can also drain the battery. These things have happened in other places, so we want to help stop them happening again.
We then spent a tiring five hours travelling in a bus. We stopped off in Nadi to pick up supplies and get icecreams. We went into many interesting and vibrant stores there. We had lunch in the wind at Sigatoka, before getting back in the bus when we took the opportunity to practise some of the songs for our presentations at the schools.
Once we had arrived at Waikalou and met the family, Mere, Mary, Colin and the kids, we sorted out the donations we will be delivering in the next few days. We have so many supplies and want to give a big thankyou to everyone who donated. We’re all very excited for the next few days. We will be travelling upstream to the mountains, where we will deliver medical and school supplies, and give our renewable energy presentations to the schools. Because of this, we won’t be able to update the blog until Saturday, as we will be in jungle villages and out of range.