Keeping it Cool With Solar: Add Solar Panel Redesign, Rebuild, Retest

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1. Students build shade structures that will optimize cooling the earth’s surface from sunlight, incorporating solar energy.

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This lesson is designed for one 60-minute session. Students will share and discuss results. Students are shown solar panel and fan and are asked, “Using solar technology, how might we make the ground in our structures even cooler?” Using the solar panel and fan, students are allowed to rebuild and measure the ground in their structure. They record the temperature of the ground in their structure.