Sun in Space

Our Place in Space: Tracking the Earth's Path Around the Sun

Grades:
1-3
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able describe how the Earth orbits the Sun and how the tilt of the planet creates the seasons by recording the ‘Sun’s path’ in our sky in the fall, winter, and spring.
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Lesson Number:
3
Author:
Jamie Repasky
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Estimated Activity Length:
6 hours
Sun in Space

Our Place in Space: Cosmic Ray Detector

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
• Students will discuss how energy from the sun is transmitted in a variety of forms that perform different amounts of work. • Students will identify multiple pieces of evidence that demonstrate energy being transmitted from the sun.
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Lesson Number:
2
Author:
Jamie Repasky
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Kill-a-Watt Meter

Home Energy Use

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will make observations and record about the amount of energy used by various appliances in their home. Students will make conclusions about which items in their home are generating the most energy. Students will make conclusions about methods in which they can reduce the energy used in their homes.
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Lesson Number:
6
Author:
Eric Gronseth
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Estimated Activity Length:
40 min
Simple Circuit

Introduction to Circuits

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
By the end of these two lessons students should be able to: 1. Create a simple circuit on their own when given the appropriate materials. 2. Diagram the flow of electrons within a circuit. 3. Differentiate between series and parallel circuits.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Craig Marais
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Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
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

Build Solar Cars

Grades:
4-6
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will construct a geared solar car, a pulley-system solar car, or both. Students will make verbal predictions about the outcomes and viabilities of different types of solar cars. Students will pinpoint the independent, dependent, and control variables in their solar car testing process.
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Lesson Number:
3
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Solar Boat Race

Analyze Data and Develop Conclusions

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will analyze data from the solar boat races and develop conclusions. Students will write out their conclusions in a clear, articulate manner that demonstrates the usage of evidence from their own observations. Students will determine specific uses for quantitative vs. qualitative data in science experiments.
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Solar Boat Science Investigation

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will design an investigation to test three models of solar vehicles. Students will justify which materials will be used in their construction. Students will be able to support their design with reasoning. Students will determine different methods of collecting data from their experiment relating to three types of solar boats.
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Lesson Number:
6
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
 Foil Barge

What is Force?

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will identify the Laws of Motion and learn about the forces acting on the system. There are multiple forces acting on a boat, some of these forces include, acceleration, friction, gravity and thrust.
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Lesson Number:
3
Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Energy Transformations

What is Energy?

Grades:
4-6
Learning Goal(s):
Students will obtain the foundational knowledge of energy sources and forms of energy. In addition, students will learn that energy can transfer from one form to another. Students will build the understanding that there are different types of energy and many can not be directly observed.
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Unit:
Lesson Number:
1
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Author:
Carol Patrick
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour