Solar Circuit

Variables Affecting Solar Power

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
• Students will be able to identify and explain at least three variables that effect the efficiency of photovoltaic cells • Students will conduct a scientific investigation to determine which photovoltaic cell configuration will generate the most power.
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US DOE WInd Turbines

Variables Affecting Wind Turbine Power

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
• Students will be able to identify and explain at least three variables that affect the efficiency of wind turbines • Students will conduct a scientific investigation to determine which wind turbine configuration will generate the most power
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Energy Transformations

Introduction to Energy

Grades:
7-8
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
• Students will be able to name and describe at least 5 kinds of energy • Students will be able to identify and explain simple energy transformations
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Lesson Number:
1
Author:
Craig Marais
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours

Analyze Data and Draw Conclusions

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will determine how differences between solar cars affected their functionality. Students will make claims based off of quantitative and qualitative data. Students will engage in scientific talk based off of their own observations when constructing and testing solar cars. Students will complete a journaling activity that outlines their processes relating to making conclusions.
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Lesson Number:
5
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
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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Kidwind Small Water Pump

Solar Powered Water Pumping

Grades:
2-5
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.
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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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Kidwind Small Water Pump

Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will make observations about how a solar cell needs to be set up to push water through a pump and hypothesize about how energy is changing form as the pump runs.
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Lesson Number:
4
Pedagogy & Practice:
Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
UV Color Changing Beads

Hypothesizing Why Solar Beads Change Color

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be introduced to the vocabulary of observation, hypothesis, and evidence. Students will use the process of science discourse where people respectfully listen and disagree with each other’s ideas.
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Lesson Number:
1
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min