Designing a Faster Water Pump (Lesson 7)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science inquiry
electricity
Energy
solar energy
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to use available tools to design and test a solar water pump, refine their design, test and finally evaluate their efforts. Through this process students will understand and gain experience with the engineering design process.

Students use all their prior knowledge to design and construct a water pump that can pump 1 cup of water the fastest. View full description >>

Solar Powered Water Pumping (Lesson 6)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science inquiry
scientific method
solar energy
Energy
electricity
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to make observations and record data about how different materials affect the speed of a solar powered water pump.

Students use a solar module and other materials in conjunction with a water pump to test how quickly one cup of water can be pumped. View full description >>

Making Observations and Recording Data for Solar Powered Water Pumping (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science inquiry
electricity
Energy
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to make observations and record data about how quickly a solar module will drive a pump to move water.

Students use a solar module and water pump to test how quickly one cup of
water can be pumped. View full description >>

A Simple Circuit (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Circuits 101
Science inquiry
electricity
Energy
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to draw a simple circuit, label its parts, and show the direction/path that current is flowing.

Students make a hypothesis about how a set of materials should be connected in order to make a motor spin. Through guided trial and error students are led to the idea of a circuit as the proper way to connect the materials in order to make the fan turn. View full description >>

Solar Powered Calculator (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science inquiry
solar power
Energy
electricity
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to explain that some devices use light energy and transform into electrical energy, which powers different devices such as lights.

The teacher will show an example of a solar powered device using a solar powered calculator. View full description >>

Probes of Prior Knowledge (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
Energy
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to identify the different ways that electrical energy (electricity) is transformed (generated) and identify different everyday items that use electricity.

Teacher will administer worksheet probes (formative assessments) of students’ prior knowledge about “making electricity” and “things that run on electricity.” View full description >>

Setting Expectations for Science and Engineering Projects (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Mike Hellis
Intended Grade Level(s):
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science inquiry
scientific method
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

Establishing guidelines for the unit; students will also have a better understanding of the scientific method.

Begin this session by setting some ground rules for science discourse. Explain to students that as we work on this unit, and science in general throughout the year, they will be asked to share their thinking about science concepts. View full description >>