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Cook Food Using the Sun
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Cook Food Using the Sun

Learners build a solar oven from a cardboard pizza box, aluminum foil ... (more)

Learners build a solar oven from a cardboard pizza box, aluminum foil and plastic. Learners can use their oven to cook S'mores or other food in the sun. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy. Safety note: The solar oven can get very hot. Adult supervision recommended. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Social Sciences
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
Museum of Science and Industry, Chicago
Cooking with the Sun: Creating a Solar Oven
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Cooking with the Sun: Creating a Solar Oven

For this activity, students will be given a set of materials: cardboard, ... (more)

For this activity, students will be given a set of materials: cardboard, a set of insulating materials (i.e. foam, newspaper, etc.), aluminum foil, and plexiglass. Students will then become engineers in building a solar oven from the given materials, keeping in mind that the oven should not only be able to collect as much of the sun's energy as possible but also to store it. Students will experiment with heat transfer through conduction by how well the oven is insulated and radiation by how well it absorbs solar radiation. Upon completion they will test the effectiveness of their designs both qualitatively and quantitatively. Qualitatively, they will attempt to actually bake something in the ovens. Quantitatively, they will take periodic temperature measurements and plot a temperature versus time graph. Afterwards, students will think like engineers and discuss the solar oven's strengths and weaknesses when compared to a conventional oven. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Techtronics Program, Duke University
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
Cooking with the Sun - Creating a Solar Oven
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Cooking with the Sun - Creating a Solar Oven

Student groups are given a set of materials: cardboard, insulating materials, aluminum ... (more)

Student groups are given a set of materials: cardboard, insulating materials, aluminum foil and Plexiglas, and challenged to build solar ovens. The ovens must collect and store as much of the sun's energy as possible. Students experiment with heat transfer through conduction by how well the oven is insulated and radiation by how well it absorbs solar radiation. They test the effectiveness of their designs qualitatively by baking something and quantitatively by taking periodic temperature measurements and plotting temperature vs. time graphs. To conclude, students think like engineers and analyze the solar oven's strengths and weaknesses compared to conventional ovens. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
TeachEngineering.org
Techtronics Program,
Exploring Solar Power
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Exploring Solar Power

This unit provides students the opportunity to explore methods engineers have devised ... (more)

This unit provides students the opportunity to explore methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate power. Students will initially explore heat transfer and heat storage through the construction, testing, and eventual use of a solar oven. With a lesson focused on photovoltaic cells, students will learn the concepts of energy conversion, conservation of energy, current, and voltage. Through construction of model solar powered cars, students can see these conceptual ideas manifested in modern technology. Furthermore, the solar car project provides opportunities to explore a number of other topics, such as gear ratios and simple mechanics. Both of these design and construction projects are examples of engineering design. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Techtronics Program, Duke University
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
Exploring Solar Power
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Exploring Solar Power

Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate ... (more)

Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate power. First, they investigate heat transfer and heat storage through the construction, testing and use of a solar oven. With a lesson focused on photovoltaic cells, students learn the concepts of energy conversion, conservation of energy, current and voltage. By constructing model solar powered cars, students see these conceptual ideas manifested in modern technology. Furthermore, the solar car project provides opportunities to explore a number of other topics, such as gear ratios and simple mechanics. Both of these design and construction projects are examples of engineering design. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Instructional Material
Unit of Study
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
TeachEngineering.org
Techtronics Program,
Green Learning Canada: Adventures in renewable energy technology
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Green Learning Canada: Adventures in renewable energy technology

This website is a collection of resources for secondary teachers and learners ... (more)

This website is a collection of resources for secondary teachers and learners on renewable energy sources. It contains lesson plans and content support for clean energy technologies. Detailed construction plans are provided for students to construct working models of solar ovens, wind turbines, hydroelectric generators, and biogas generators. Related links and backgrounders in renewable energy basics, solar heat, solar electricity, wind power, water power, biomass energy, and other clean energy technologies are also provided. (less)

Subject:
Engineering
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
NEED Project: Energy From The Sun
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NEED Project: Energy From The Sun

This inquiry-based curriculum unit for Grades 4-5 introduces the interactions that allow ... (more)

This inquiry-based curriculum unit for Grades 4-5 introduces the interactions that allow solar energy to be converted into electricity, chemical energy, and heat. It is the second of a 2-part set of materials for teaching about energy in elementary grades. Seven investigations take learners beyond a basic understanding of the sun as an energy source to explorations of how light energy is transformed for uses other than warming. Kids will explore how a photovoltaic cell works, measure heat intensity with a radiometer, and build a small "solar house" with a collector and a PV cell. Resource includes 10-page student background booklet and classroom presentation materials for teaching an eight-day unit. The NEED Project is a national initiative to bring innovative curriculum materials in energy education to teachers and learners from the primary grades through college. Editor's Note: These materials were designated by the publisher for Grades K-4, but the readability score is Grade 4 and many of the concepts require a cognitive level above that of the typical primary learner. The blueprint and materials for building the solar house can be purchased from the publisher for $350 or obtained from science supply houses for ~ $200 for one classroom. (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Student Guide
Unit of Study
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
NEED Project: The Sun and Its Energy
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NEED Project: The Sun and Its Energy

This inquiry-based curriculum unit for Grades 1-3 introduces children to basic concepts ... (more)

This inquiry-based curriculum unit for Grades 1-3 introduces children to basic concepts of solar energy. It is noteworthy because the developers approach energy as a physical science concept, rather than as a fuel or source of power. Learners conduct investigations with live plants, UV detection beads, light sensitive paper, a radiometer, glow toys, and solar balloons. They explore how the sun produces light energy that can be collected and converted into other energy forms. The culminating activity is the design, building, and testing of a solar oven. The resource provides lesson plans, warm-up questions, detailed lab procedures, and classroom presentation materials for teaching an entire unit. The NEED Project is a national initiative to bring innovative curriculum materials in energy education to teachers and learners from the primary grades through college. <i>Editor's Note</i> A pre-assembled kit is available from NEED for $200, or teachers can buy their own materials from science supply stores -- $100 will serve a class of 30 students.</i> (less)

Subject:
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Life Science
Physics
Technology
Social Sciences
Education
Material Type:
Assessments
Full Course
Images and Illustrations
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Unit of Study
Provider:
ComPADRE Digital Library
Provider Set:
ComPADRE Classroom-Ready Resources
ComPADRE: Resources for Physics and Astronomy Education
Reflective Solar Cooker
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Reflective Solar Cooker

In this activity, learners use the Sun's energy to cook marshmallows. Learners ... (more)

In this activity, learners use the Sun's energy to cook marshmallows. Learners construct the solar oven out of simple everyday materials. They experiment to see how the color of the marshmallow (vanilla or chocolate) and height of the straws affect cooking time. Use this activity to introduce learners to solar energy and reflection. Note: this activity requires adult supervision. (less)

Subject:
Chemistry
Ecology
Engineering
Forestry and Agriculture
Geoscience
Physics
Space Science
Technology
Education
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
Science and Math Informal Learning Educators (SMILE)
Provider Set:
SMILE Pathway: Science and Math Activities in One Search
Author:
McDonald Observatory
The University of Texas McDonald Observatory
Using Heat from the Sun
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Using Heat from the Sun

In this lesson, students will first discuss where energy comes from, including ... (more)

In this lesson, students will first discuss where energy comes from, including sources such as fossil fuels, nuclear, and such renewable technologies as solar. After this initial exploration, students will investigate the three main types of heat transfer: convection, conduction, and radiation. Students will learn how properties describe the ways different materials behave, for instance whether they are insulators or conductors. Students will complete a crossword puzzle to reinforce their vocabulary in this content area. The class will then focus on the acquisition and storage of energy through the design, construction, and testing of a fully functional solar oven. (less)

Subject:
Mathematics and Statistics
Science and Technology
Engineering
Physics
Space Science
Material Type:
Activities and Labs
Instructional Material
Lesson Plans
Provider:
TeachEngineering
Provider Set:
TeachEngineering
Author:
Lauren Powell
Rahmin Sarabi
Roni Prucz
TeachEngineering.org
Techtronics Program,
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