Solar Circuit

Variables Affecting Solar Power (Lesson 6)

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 (Lesson 5)

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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Magnetic Field Filings

Three Ways to Generate Electricity (Lesson 4)

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to: • Detect the relative strength of magnetic fields at different distances from a magnet • Explain the energy transformations occurring in each part of a circuit • Identify three different methods for generating electricity
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Kill-A-Watt_Meter

How much energy do YOU use? (Lesson 3)

Grades:
7-8
Learning Goal(s):
Students will be able to: • Explain the difference between power and energy • Proficiently use a “Kill-A-Watt” meter to determine the power and total energy usage of everyday devices • Compare the total energy used by common household devices • Brainstorm different ways we can conserve electrical energy
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Simple Circuit

Introduction to Circuits (Lesson 2)

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
Pedagogy & Practice:
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Author:
Craig Marais
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Estimated Activity Length:
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Energy Transformations

Introduction to Energy (Lesson 1)

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