“Shell has never made a solar panel this small,” Cerris Tavinor of Shell told edie. “But it is a fully working solar panel, just shrunken.”

The solar panel is one of several components that come with the new Lego Dacta eLAB, a Lego set designed to teach children about energy. “Kids can build windmills, cars, all sorts of things that are powered by various forms of energy including solar, wind and water power,” a Lego spokesperson told edie.

Incorporating both renewable and non-renewable energies, the eLAB can be used in science teaching with children ranging from 9 to 16 years old. “The age range is quite wide. At one of the classrooms where it was tested a sixth former came in and really enjoyed it,” said Tavinor.

The eLAB will be available for purchase by schools throughout the UK by the middle of October. It will not be sold in toy shops.

Individual Lego collectors interested in purchasing the set are asked to write to Lego Dacta UK, Ruthin Road, Wrexham, LL13 7TQ.

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