Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will make observations about how a solar cell needs to be set up to push water through a pump and hypothesize about how energy is changing form as the pump runs.

Students explore with a solar cell and a pump to discover how to make the pump run. They will hypothesize and informally test whether they can make the pump run faster or slower.

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Energy Changes Forms (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
ELA
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will understand that energy changes form. Students will be able to name different forms of energy and give examples of some of the transformations of energy that commonly occur. Students will find details and examples in informational text.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.RI.1

Students read informational text about the forms of energy and energy transformation. They use a graphic organizer in the form of a concept map to take notes on details and examples. Optional – using solar beads, solicit ideas about what energy transformation might be occurring that cause the beads to change color. View full description >>

What is Renewable Energy? (Lesson 2)

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0
Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
ELA
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to list and describe the main natural resources that people get energy from. Students will be able to describe the affect the use of different sources of energy has on the environment. Students will be able to describe the advantage of renewable sources of energy.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.RI.9

Students learn about renewable energy sources through a read-aloud of Loreen Leedy’s The Shocking Truth about Energy. Students use Internet sources to obtain more information about alternate sources of energy. They complete a reflection to synthesize the information they have gathered. View full description >>

Hypothesizing Why Solar Beads Change Color (Lesson 1)

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5
Author:
Leah Gorman
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
Energy
wavelengths of light
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be introduced to the vocabulary of observation, hypothesis, and evidence. Students will use the process of science discourse where people respectfully listen and disagree with each other’s ideas.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
4.SL.1.b
4.SL.1.c
4.SL.1.d

The purpose of this activity is to introduce the idea that sunlight is energy and that this energy can be absorbed, converted into heat, or even cause a chemical reaction to occur. This lesson is also an introduction to the process of science, involving observation, hypothesis, testing, introducing evidence and respectfully listening to... View full description >>

Nez Perce Tribal Fish Hatchery

Location:
Juliaetta, ID
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.00 - kilowatts

In February 2015 the Nez Perce Tribe completed a 10kW PV demonstration system at the Tribal Hatchery Complex in Juliaetta, Idaho. As a Renewable Facility, this project will function as an ongoing community education tool by teachers in four area school districts to supplement sustainability education for students throughout the Nez Perce region.



Solar 4R Schools provided a renewable energy teacher training workshop to area teachers along with customized, durable science kits for four school districts valued at approximately $12,000. Teachers at each participating school... Read full project narrative >>

Funhouse Commons

Location:
Eastsound, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
12.00 - kilowatts

Located in Eastsound, WA, on Orcas Island, The Funhouse Commons was founded by local activists in the spring of 1999. The Funhouse is a youth-oriented community center that fosters educational play with hands-on science exhibits, computer-based labs, and art and entertainment facilities. The Funhouse also provides many important social services aimed at the most vulnerable children in the community. The facility was designed to be a hands-on children's science museum. Science and sustainability topics are core to education programs at the Funhouse. Each year, Funhouse Commons hosts an... Read full project narrative >>

Crestline Elementary

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
12.00 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Crestline Elementary School is demonstrating its commitment to sustainable living and a clean energy future. Thanks to support from Clark Public Utilities, the school is generating renewable solar energy through their 12-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system, and leveraging the system's performance data as an interactive, real-world educational tool to bring energy topics to life in their classrooms. A wall-mounted, interactive... Read full project narrative >>

Our Lady of Guadalupe

Location:
Seattle, WA
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
6.12 - kilowatts

As a Renewable School, Our Lady of Guadalupe School is building a dedicated community of renewable educators through their new 6.12 kW photovoltaic (PV) system. BEF used funding from BPA to match funds raised by the school to complete the project. Solar 4R Schools provided educators with customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the curricula and live energy data available on Solar4RSchools.org. The interactive kiosk display serves as a community engagement tool to provide information... Read full project narrative >>

Sacajawea Elementary

Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
6.48 - kilowatts

Nestled in a small Vancouver, Washington neighborhood, Sacajawea Elementary School is a part of a close-knit community with an incredibly diverse population. As a school, Sacajawea Elementary is committed to better understanding their relationship with their surrounding environment and to discover and teach ways that students, teachers and staff can improve their relationship with the natural world through environmental stewardship and responsible living. Their teachers are committed to helping students explore their role in the health of the planet through comprehensive environmental... Read full project narrative >>

Orcas Island Montessori

Location:
Eastsound, WA
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.72 - kilowatts

As a Solar 4R Schools Renewable School, Orcas Montessori School on Orcas Island, Washington is building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators and generating clean energy with the installation of a new 9.72-kilowatt photovoltaic (PV) system. This system will reduce energy costs for the school and will provide a valuable interactive energy education resource for teachers and students.

In 2013, educators within the school received a custom package of renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials and complete access to the wealth of educational... Read full project narrative >>

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