Solar Mobile Design Challenge Unit Plan

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Author:
Kristy Schneider
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Estimated Activity Length:
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Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will design circuits using various solar panels in order to power motors with propellers.

  2. Students will learn about solar energy transfer in order to power the motors on their solar aircraft.

  3. Students will research an aircraft and draw an outline of the aircraft onto foam board.

  4. Students will explore the concept of center of gravity.

  5. Students will test the efficiency of various light sources (incandescent, fluorescent, LED, halogen) for usage by a PV cell.

  6. Students will use their prior testing results and knowledge to engineer a solar-powered mobile.

  7. Students will work to transfer the most energy from the solar panels considering all the tested variables in order to power the fastest, most efficient mobile.

  8. Students will demonstrate and explain why their solar mobile should be chosen for the solar mobile display in the children’s museum. 

 

This unit involves students learning about transferring solar energy to small motors, exploring the center of gravity and testing light sources (including the sun). The culminating engineering design

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Unit Plan

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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
atomic and molecular structure
circuits
thermal energy
PV cells
Engineering
design
inquiry
Chemistry
natural resources
conservation of mass
energy transformations
models
combustion
Estimated Activity Length:
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Learning Goal(s):
  1. To build empathy for people in emergency situations and an understanding of how access to energy resources can increase one’s safety, health, and comfort.

  2. To understand the nature of a variety of energy needs and how different applications have different optimal solutions.

  3. To develop models to explain the molecular and extended structures of energy resources, including how the resources change when energy is generated (Electron movement in PV cells, combustion reactions in fuel).

  4. To understand that the properties of substances depends upon the atomic / molecular structure, which changes with chemical reactions.

  5. To build a circuit that includes a solar module and measure the voltage and current.

  6. To gather and evaluate information to describe the impact on society of converting natural resources into PV cells.

  7. To design, build and test a device that uses a chemical reaction to generate or absorb thermal energy.

  8. Evaluate and revise a plan for the energy resources one should store to prepare for a natural disaster. 

Students develop atomic and molecular models of energy resources, analyze combustion of various fuels and build circuits with Photovolatic (PV) modules to evaluate and suggest revisions to a disaster

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Wave Attenuator Unit Overview

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
Faraday’s Law
Electromagnets
Magnetic Properties of Current-carrying Wires
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will demonstrate energy transfer through space using electromagnetic phenomena.
2. Students will design a model that demonstrates that a current-carrying wire can induce magnetism.
3. Students will define and build an electromagnet.
4. Students will demonstrate electromagnetic induction.
5. Students will describe and model the energy transfer and transformation in a wave attenuator.
6. Students will build a wave attenuator using a diagram and selected materials.
7. Students will test the model wave attenuator they built.
8. Students will investigate variables that may affect the output of an energy conversion device (wave attenuator).
9. Students will interpret data to identify which variables increase electrical output for these model wave attenuators.
10. Students will communicate results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of a wave attenuator.

Through a series of learning experiences, students will experiment with the basic concepts of motion to electrical energy transformation. Students start by building a series of models that demonstrate the interactions between magnetic and electric fields. Students then apply this background knowledge to convert ocean wave power into electricity... View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 3: Testing a Tidal Wave Attenuator

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will investigate variables that may affect the output of an energy conversion device (wave attenuator).
2. Students will interpret data to identify which variables increase electrical output for these model wave attenuators.
3. Students will communicate results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of a wave attenuator.

Students will test the efficiency of the tidal wave attenuator models that they previously built. They will determine variables on their models they can manipulate, such as wire gauge and magnet strength, and measure the effects of manipulating this variable on the success of their design. They will report their findings in a presentation to... View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 2: Building a Tidal Wave Attenuator

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will describe and model the energy transfer and transformation in a wave attenuator.
2. Students will build a wave attenuator using a diagram and selected materials.
3. Students will test the model wave attenuator they built.

This lesson is designed to build upon investigations of electromagnetic energy by applying these phenomena to transfer the kinetic energy moving in waves to electricity by building a wave attenuator. View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 1: Introduction to Electromagnetism

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
Faraday’s Law
Electromagnets
Magnetic Properties of Current-carrying Wires
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours 10 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will demonstrate energy transfer through space using electromagnetic phenomena.
2. Students will design a model that demonstrates that a current-carrying wire can induce magnetism.
3. Students will define and build an electromagnet.
4. Students will demonstrate electromagnetic induction.

Through a series of goal-oriented activities and research, students will build physical models that demonstrate the interactions between magnetism and magnetic fields as well as interactions between magnetism and electric fields. Students will be challenged to engineer devices that: change a magnetic field using electricity, creating a magnet... View full description >>

Build the Ultimate Solar Oven (Lesson 11)

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Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Solar ovens
heat
thermal transfer
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: plan, sketch, design and build a new solar oven. In addition, students will be able to cook food with their solar oven.

The purpose of this lesson is to take everything the students have learned and experienced up to this point and use it to build their own Ultimate Solar Oven using items found at school, home, the Dollar store or home improvement store for under 5 dollars. This lesson can be used for the whole class, partners or individuals. View full description >>

Let’s Get Cooking! (Lesson 10)

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Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
energy transformation
Solar cooking
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: • Follow and prepare a recipe for cookies. • Learn to take and record oven temperature every 30 minutes using an infrared thermometer. • Evaluate the three ovens with a pros and cons list for each one after cooking. • Write one or two of their own questions. • Make suggestions for design changes.

The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with a hands-on experience using the sun to cook cornbread or cookies. Students will also learn to use an infrared thermometer. There is also an optional extension for the class or individual students to design and build the ultimate solar oven. View full description >>

Solar Car Challenge Part 8: Redesigning Your Solution & Results of the Design Process Activity

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Author:
Karen Nelson
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
Energy
electricity
solar
motion
Engineering
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

To introduce students to the problem that this project will attempt to solve: building a solar car that will go straight, far, and fast to win a race.

Students will play around with the solar car kits to familiarize themselves with the materials in preparation for the solar car engineering challenge. View full description >>

Solar Car Challenge Part 7: Solutions Briefing

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Author:
Karen Nelson
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
Energy
electricity
solar
motion
Engineering
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

To introduce students to the problem that this project will attempt to solve: building a solar car that will go straight, far, and fast to win a race.

Students will play around with the solar car kits to familiarize themselves with the materials in preparation for the solar car engineering challenge. View full description >>

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