Keeping it Cool With Solar: Making Shade
This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. After reviewing the hot/cool playground spots from Lesson 1, Students will be asked, “On a hot day, which materials might keep the ground the coolest?”. Students will be given tissue paper, photocopy...
Keeping it Cool With Solar: Design Time
This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. Students are shown materials. Students are asked “How might we design a structure that will keep the ground the coolest?” Students design their structures by discussing, collaborating, and drawing....
Keeping it Cool With Solar: Build Time
This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. Students build their structures based on their designs from Lesson 3. Students share evidence about ho w their structures affect the sunlight on the earth’s surface.
Keeping it Cool With Solar - Structure Test: How Cool Are We?
This lesson is designed for one 30-45 minute session. Students are shown how thermo infrared thermometers work. Teacher uses infrared thermometer and has students record the ground temperature outside and inside their structure. Students record and...
Keeping it Cool With Solar: Add Solar Panel Redesign, Rebuild, Retest
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...
Keeping it Cool With Solar: Reflections of an Engineer
This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. Students analyze their data and reflect through video recording about how solar technology and their structures kept the ground (earth’s surface) cooler.
Our Place in Space: Cosmic Rays
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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...
Our Place in Space: Cosmic Ray Detector
The students will be introduced to solar radiation with an activity centered on using a cloud chamber to visualize cosmic rays.
Our Place in Space: Tracking the Earth's Path Around the Sun
During sessions in October, January, and April we will discuss observations about the weather during that season (temperature, length of day, precipitation) and explore how this relates to the Earth’s movement around the Sun. The lesson series will start...
How the Amount of Light Affects a Solar Cell
Students will cover portions of a solar cell and measure the output with a multimeter. They will compare and contrast the outputs of different percentages shaded and different configurations using the same percentage shaded.