Seattle Out of School Time Educator Workshop

Location:
Seattle, WA
Grade Level:
K-8

On March 5 and 6, 18 Seattle OST educators, mostly from Boys & Girls Clubs of King County, participated in two 3.5 hour trainings with CE, focusing on how they can engage mostly k-5 club members in exploring energy, electricity and clean energy topics. Together they learned about energy context, focusing on industry needs for critical skills development aligned with the BGCA mission. They then explored electricity and circuitry through toy hacking and scaffolded solar architecture and community design activities that blend hands-on science and STEAM. On day 2, they learned about the... Read full project narrative >>

Pittsburgh, PA - Extended Two-Day Workshop

Location:
Homestead, PA
Grade Level:
K-12

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Pittsburgh has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  As it is the second round of delivery for this region, a focus on expanding the initial impact was made and the workshop was extended to two days.  CE co-planned with workshop with the Allegheny Intermediate Unit to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and... Read full project narrative >>

Keeping it Cool With Solar: Reflections of an Engineer

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will reflect on how their structure and solar technology changed the Sun’s effect on the Earth’s surface

This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. Students analyze their data and reflect through video recording about how solar technology and their

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Keeping it Cool With Solar: Add Solar Panel Redesign, Rebuild, Retest

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students build shade structures that will optimize cooling the earth’s surface from sunlight, incorporating solar energy.

This lesson is designed for one 60-minute session. Students will share and discuss results. Students are shown solar panel and fan and are

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Keeping it Cool With Solar - Structure Test: How Cool Are We?

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
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Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students build shade structures that will optimize cooling the earth’s surface from sunlight.

  2. Students collect and analyze how cool the earth’s surface is inside their structure.

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

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Keeping it Cool With Solar: Build Time

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students build shade structures that will optimize cooling the earth’s surface from sunlight.

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

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Keeping it Cool With Solar: Design Time

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students design structures that will optimize cooling the earth’s surface from sunlight.

This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. Students are shown materials. Students are asked “How might we design a structure that

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Keeping it Cool With Solar: Making Shade

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will analyze the effect of different types and colors of paper have when placed in the path of sunlight.

This lesson is designed for one 30-minute session. After reviewing the hot/cool playground spots from Lesson 1, Students will be asked, “On

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Keeping it Cool With Solar Unit Plan

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will make observations to determine the effect of sunlight on Earth’s surface.

  2. Students will plan and conduct investigations to determine whether structures made with various materials will keep objects cool when placed in a beam of light.

  3. Students will analyze data from tests of two objects designed to solve the same problem in order to compare the strengths and weaknesses of how each performs.

  4. Students will analyze data obtained from testing different materials to determine which materials have the properties that are best suited for keeping an object cool.

  5. Students will test if solar panels and solar energy can help cool down their structure.

Keeping It Cool With Solar unit asks the question: “How might we design a structure that will keep us cool on a hot day?”

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Keeping it Cool With Solar: Hot Spot/Cool Spot

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Intended Grade Level(s):
K-2
Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will consider and pose questions about what type of energy source can cause an ice cube to melt.

  2. Students will explore how the sun affects the Earth’s surface on the playground.

  3. Students will analyze data to understand how the sun affects the earth’s surface on the

    playground.

  4. Students will link the idea of sun/shade to hot/cool.

This is the first lesson where K-2 students will investigate the effect of sunlight on the earth’s surface (K

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