Basic Stamp Microprocessor

Measuring Voltage Using a Microcontroller

Grades:
9-12
Learning Goal(s):
Students will apply Ohm’s Law. Students will use a multimeter to measure current, voltage, and resistance. Students will use a breadboard to set up a series circuit. Students will read circuit diagrams. Students will calculate times for an RC circuit to change state. Students will prove that resistors in series have an equivalent resistance equal to their individual sums. Students will program the Basic Stamp to measure voltage levels in a voltage divider and RC circuit.
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Kidwind Small Water Pump

Designing a Faster Water Pump

Grades:
2-5
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.
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Solar Circuit

A Simple Circuit

Grades:
2-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to draw a simple circuit, label its parts, and show the direction/path that current is flowing.
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Lesson Number:
4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:
Author:
Mike Hellis
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Solar Car Student

Solar Car Challenge: Team Brainstorm

Grades:
6-8
Energy Content:
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.
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Lesson Number:
4
Author:
Karen Nelson
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min

Using Multiple Solar Modules

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will apply scientific ideas to design and test a solar powered water pump that moves water at the fastest rate. Students will experiment and build understanding of parallel and series wiring and how energy moves in these circuits. Students will record data accurately into a table.
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Simple Solar Water Heater

Making the Standard Solar Heater

Grades:
6-8
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.
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