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Grade Level: 6 (6 – 8) Choose From: 2 lessons and 2 activitiesSubject Areas:
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Exploring Solar Power Using Heat from the Sun From Sunlight to Electric Current
Unit Lesson Activity


Harnessing energy from the sunlight holds huge applications


Students discover the approaches designers have devised for harnessing sunlight to geneprice power. First, they investigate warm deliver and also warmth storage through the building, trial and error and usage of a solar range. With a lesboy concentrated on photovoltaic cells, students learn the concepts of power convariation, conservation of power, existing and voltage. By creating model solar powered cars, students check out these conceptual principles manifested in modern technology. In addition, the solar car task offers opportunities to explore a variety of other topics, such as gear ratios and easy mechanics. Both of these style and also building and construction tasks are examples of design style. This design curriculum aligns to Next off Generation Science Standards (NGSS).

Engineering Connection

Designing and structure solar cars and also solar ovens are examples of design tasks that demonstrate to students how designers use their brains and also imagicountries to make an influence on the people through innovative deindicators.

Unit Overview

Leschild 1, Using Heat from the Sun and also associated activity Cooking via the Sun - Creating a Solar Oven: The three main modes of power transfer—conduction, convection and also radiation—are questioned in the conmessage of designers exploiting warmth from the sun. Then students develop and use solar ovens.

Leschild 2, From Sunlight to Electric Current and also associated activity Racing through the Sun - Creating a Solar Car: Students learn how the sun"s energy have the right to be provided to create power. Then they produce and race design solar cars.

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Students comment on wright here energy comes from, consisting of sources such as fossil fuels, nuclear and renewable innovations such as solar energy. After this initial exploration, students investigate the 3 main kinds of warm transfer: convection, conduction and also radiation. Students learn just how properties d...


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With the aid of easy, teacher-led demonstration tasks, students learn the fundamental physics of heat transfer by means of conduction, convection and also radiation. They also learn around examples of heating and cooling gadgets, from oven tops to car radiators, that they enrespond to in their homes, scho...

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