Part 3: Creating the Most Effective Solar Heater

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Author:
Nathan Franck
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Physical science
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

In this activity students demonstrate the ability to evaluate competing solutions to the problem of increasing the heat energy transferred to a vial of water.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.9

This part can be staged as a competition or simply a personal challenge to beat the standard solar heater created in part 1. During this stage of the lesson students are asked to analyze data and results from part 2 and identify which characteristics of a solar heater maximize its effectiveness. View full description >>

Part 2: Manipulating Design Variables on Solar Heaters

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Author:
Nathan Franck
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Physical science
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 20 min
Learning Goal(s):

In this activity students demonstrate the ability to evaluate competing solutions to the problem of increasing the heat energy transferred to a vial of water.

Part 2 builds on part 1, asking students to design a solar heater that more effectively collects solar energy. Students are provided with various building supplies and are asked to change one variable from the standard to construct a new, more effective solar heater. View full description >>

Part 1: Making the Standard Solar Heater

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Author:
Nathan Franck
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Physical science
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

In this activity students will learn that sunlight energy can be transformed into other forms of energy and that the amount of sunlight energy captured by an object can be quantified and measured.

In part one of the activity students will be asked to create a simple solar heater, measure the temperature change in a vial of water, then calculate the heat energy transferred to a vial of water. Students will construct the solar heater, place a set amount of water into a vial in the collector and place it in direct sunlight. After a set time... View full description >>