Solar vs. Battery Circuits (Lesson 6)

Solar Circuit
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Intended Grade Level(s):
4-5
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Students will do experiments that reinforce the idea that the sun’s energy can be transferred into electrical energy. Students will also explore and discuss the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy. Students will discuss how solar energy compares to other forms of energy generation.

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Lesson Number:
6
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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
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In this lesson, students will explore and do small experiments with mini solar panels and circuit boards.  The class will discuss the advantages and disadvantages of solar energy.  Students will continue to work in their Solar Energy Student Notebooks to record their observations and discussion.

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
KidWind Sound and Light Board
Other Material(s) Used:
DC motor, AA batteries, motor from Lego Simple and Motorized Mechanisms base set, battery pack from lego simple and motorized mechanisms base set