Making Observations and Recording Data for Solar Powered Water Pumping (Lesson 5)

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Mike Hellis
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to make observations and record data about how quickly a solar module will drive a pump to move water.

Next Generation Science Standard(s) Met:

Students use a solar module and water pump to test how quickly one cup of
water can be pumped.

Science Kit Material(s) Used

1.5-Volt 500mA Solar Module
2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
Kidwind Small Water Pump

Other Material(s) Used

Two small clear plastic tubs (small sandwich containers work well) with a cup measurement line marked on both (at one-cup and two-cup measurement points). Fill one plastic tub with water and the other one starts empty • Masking tape • Stop watch