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Tracking the Sun

Student: Florent Herbinger

District/Region: Halifax Region

Event: 2008 Canada-Wide Science Fair

Florent is a grade 8 student at Brookside Junior High School. His project, 'Tracking the Sun', was to design a functioning robotic solar panel that swivels to face the sun.

'This project compares the power output of a solar panel under different configurations and seasons, to see if it is more efficient to track the sun. The four configurations are fixed panel, vertical axis panel, horizontal axis panel and dual axes panel. I also tried to build a simple solar tracker to rotate the panel and by doing so, follow the light.'

Florent's science fair project included a demonstration of his invention using a desk lamp as a light source.

At the Nationals, Florent was awarded a Bronze Medal in Physical and Mathematical Sciences, a scholarship to the University of Western Ontario, and the Award for Excellence in Astronomy provided by the Royal Astronomical Society of Canada. Congratulations, Florent!

Florent Herbinger

Florent Herbinger - Tracking the Sun

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