Our Place in Space: Cosmic Rays
Students will learn how the sun affects their school by measuring the temperature at different locations around the building in the fall, winter, and spring. They will learn how to measure solar energy and look for trends in temperature and solar power over the year. These trends will then be used to investigate how energy reaches Earth from the Sun.
NOTE: SUN PHOTOMETER SUMULATOR AT CAS.HAMPTONU.EDU SEEMS TO BE NO LONGER AVAILABLE.
Using a map of school buildings, students will pick four areas to monitor over the year using wireless weather stations and the Solar Power Meter. In a following lesson, students will use an online sun photometer simulator to learn how changing sun angle and atmosphere conditions lead to different voltage readouts from a photometer. With these new tools, the students will then conduct seasonal evaluation of the solar radiation around the school (Oct, Jan, April). They will learn to graph and predict areas of high or low solar radiation around the campus.