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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Earth Sun

Heat Transfer

Grades:
3-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will observe how some materials conduct heat and others insulate heat.
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Lesson Number:
7
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Earth Sun

Understanding Light

Grades:
4-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will conduct simple experiments to learn what kind of materials absorb heat from the sun, what kind of materials reflect light from the sun and what color of materials do not get hot in the sun. This lesson gives students experience in beginning to learn about why certain materials and colors are used in solar ovens.
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Lesson Number:
5
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Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
30 min
Earth Sun

School Energy Hunt

Grades:
3-4
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
At the end of this lesson students will be able to list equipment in the school that is powered by energy. They will also be able to identify the various types of energy that power the equipment.
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Lesson Number:
1
Author:
Lisa Morgan
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
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
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Author:
Mike Hellis
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Energy Transformations

Probes of Prior Knowledge

Grades:
2-5
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to identify the different ways that electrical energy (electricity) is transformed (generated) and identify different everyday items that use electricity.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Mike Hellis
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Scientific Method

Setting Expectations for Science and Engineering Projects

Grades:
2-5
Learning Goal(s):
Establishing guidelines for the unit; students will also have a better understanding of the scientific method.
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Sources of Energy

What is Renewable Energy?

Grades:
3-5
Energy Content:
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to list and describe the main natural resources that people get energy from. Students will be able to describe the affect the use of different sources of energy has on the environment. Students will be able to describe the advantage of renewable sources of energy.
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Lesson Number:
2
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Author:
Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
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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Author:
Deb Frankel
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour