Manipulating Design Variables on Solar Heaters

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
In this activity students demonstrate the ability to evaluate competing solutions to the problem of increasing the heat energy transferred to a vial of water.
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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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Kill-a-Watt Meter

Home Energy Consumption

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students will understand power and energy as they relate to their electricity use. Students will be able to calculate energy consumption and the associated costs. Students will investigate ways they could reduce their own energy consumption
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Pedagogy & Practice:
Author:
Deb Frankel
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Solar Circuit

How Tilt Angle Affects Solar Cell Output

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
After the completion of this lab, students will be able to describe how the angle of light exposure affects solar cell output, have practiced using a multimeter, and have analyzed collected data.
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Solar Circuit

How Light Intensity Affects Solar Cell Output

Grades:
6-8
Learning Goal(s):
After the completion of this lab, students will be able to describe how the light intensity affects solar cell output, have practiced using a multimeter, and have analyzed collected data.
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Unit:
Lesson Number:
1
Author:
Todd Freiboth
Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
SODIS_UV Treament

Solar and SODIS: Creating Clean Water for the World

Grades:
5-8
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be introduced to the range of microbes in the environment, understand the risks of “dirty water” and be able to explain how energy from the sun can purify water through the SODIS technique.
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Solar Circuit

Using a Multimeter to Analyze a Solar Circuit: Measuring Current and Voltage—Calculating Power and Resistance

Grades:
6-12
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will understand that voltage is a measure of a difference in electric potential energy and that current is the rate at which charge flows through a circuit.Students will understand how to measure and quantify electricity. Students will become familiar with the relationships between the fundamental electrical quantities.
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