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352 resources with the concept solar energy

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An Environmental Puzzle: The Carbon Cycle

For Teachers 6th - 8th
Middle school science stars examine fuels and energy with a variety of activities. They begin with a KWL chart, read an informative passage, and then complete a puzzle. The puzzle itself is included. Cleverly, each piece corresponds to a...
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Renewable Energy Guide for Buildings

For Teachers 9th - 12th
Practical application of concepts taught in science make them stick with learners for years to come. Here, high schoolers read about energy efficient building methods and then experiment with insulation and passive solar heating....
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Solar-Powered Prints

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
Combine art and science with this fabulous lesson plan where your class will create solar-powered artwork! They will create a cyanotype, using photo-sensitive paper, sun, and water. A list of necessary materials is provided.
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Cooking with the Sun

For Teachers 3rd - 5th
Students explore using energy from the sun for heating and cooking as they build and compare the performance of four solar cooker designs. This excellent two-day lesson has groups of students build and test a variety of solar cookers....
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Hot Shots and Hot Jobs: Powering Up with Renewable Energy

For Teachers 3rd - 12th
New ReviewImagine being a part of the hot new field of renewable energy! A short video details a few of the many job opportunities for those interested in the infrastructure of the systems that provide the power we use daily.
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Illuminate Me: Merging Conductive Sewing, Technology, and Solar Power

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Sew up a unit on solar energy with a hands-on project. Groups sew LED lights on clothing using conductive thread. Solar modules attached to a helmet provide the energy for the lights. A final presentation gives learners the opportunity...
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Solar Site Assessment

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Apply the mantra of real estate to solar panels: location, location, location. Learners use a Solar Pathfinder to conduct site assessments for possible spots on school grounds to place a solar module. They find the amount of insolation...
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Solar Pathfinder Tutorial

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Find the right path to learn about solar energy. Scholars set up and use Solar Pathfinders to take measurements related to solar insolation at a particular site. Based on the data, they estimate the solar potential in kWh/m^2/day of a...
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Macro-Scale Solar

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
There's no substitute for the power of the sun. The second of four installments of the Solar Resources Assessment unit looks at macro-scale photovoltaic (PV) technology. Future scientists first learn about PV modules with a PowerPoint...
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Introduction to the Photovoltaic Effect

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Let a video light the way to a better understanding of solar energy. Scholars first learn vocabulary terms related to the photovoltaic effect, solar cells, and electricity. They then watch a video to learn why silicon is often used as a...
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Simple Solar Tracker

For Teachers 4th - 12th Standards
Let the solar cells fight each other for supremacy! Given a functional solar tracker that moves toward light, groups copy the design to build their own devices. They use two sets of solar cells that have reverse polarization, so that the...
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Solar Tracker Challenge

For Teachers 5th - 7th Standards
Follow the light—not with one's eyes—but with a special solar tracker. Future engineers design and build a device that tracks light. They must build circuits in which solar cells rotate to receive equal amounts of light.
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Using a Multimeter to Analyze a Solar Circuit: Measuring Current and Voltage—Calculating Power and Resistance

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Power to the people who understand electricity. A simple experiment teaches pupils how to set up an electric circuit that includes a solar module and how to measure voltage and current using a multimeter. They calculate power and...
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Circuit Analysis With Solar Energy: Measure the Power Consumed by Various Devices

For Teachers 6th - 12th Standards
Power up the class with a instructional activity on electronics. Scholars use a solar module to create an electric circuit. They connect different devices to the circuit and measure the voltage and current. Based on the measurements,...
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Designing a Solar Phone Charger

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
What a bright idea! Working in groups, scholars design a solar phone charger by applying concepts from the unit. They use solar modules and buck and boost converters in their creations, which must be able to charge a phone after...
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Electrical Energy and Solar Module Efficiency

For Teachers 7th - 12th Standards
It's much more efficient if everyone knows the relevant terms. Pupils research vocabulary terms related to electric currents to start a unit on solar energy. They then use a multimeter to measure the voltage and current for a solar...
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Photovoltaic Solutions "Shark-Tank Style"

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Come up with a great idea and change the world for the better. Working in groups of three, learners apply their knowledge of photovoltaic systems to design a battery-powered electric vehicle capable of replacing gas-powered cars. They...
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Designing a Solar Charger

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
The sun can even charge batteries. The fourth of five lessons in the Solar Transportation unit has pupils design a charger that uses solar modules to charge a 12-volt lead-acid battery. They estimate the charge that accumulates and...
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Can Portable PV Charge Vehicles?

For Teachers 10th - 12th Standards
Take charge of learning about electric vehicles. Instructors first provide the class with information about PV modules and batteries. Learners then conduct an experiment where they connect PV modules in series and in parallel to...
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Making a Solar Powered Motor

For Teachers 9th - 12th
It may look a lot like magic, but it's really just science! Young scientists build a solar-powered motor using household materials. They discover a connection between density and solar power as their motors turn the blades of a pinwheel.
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Copper Oxide Solar Cell Construction and Testing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Who knew some pieces of copper and some saltwater would be enough to generate electricity? The fifth of 14 lessons in the Cost Effective Solar Cells unit challenges scholars to create a solar cell. They take two copper sheets, use a hot...
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Solar Panel Data Sharing

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
It's important to share—especially in science. Pupils share the data on voltage, current, and resistance they recorded when they built circuits with solar cells in a previous lesson. They discuss the results with the class and consider...
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Solar Panel Basics

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Going outside is a logical step when dealing with solar panels. Future scientists learn about the n-type and p-type layers of solar cells in the third of 14 lessons in the Cost Effective Solar Cells unit. They go outside to model the...
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Engaging with Solar Panels

For Teachers 9th - 12th Standards
Build a fan and become a fan of solar power. The second of 14 lessons in the Cost Effective Solar Cells unit has learners first construct circuits with solar cells to power a fan, a motor, and an LED. They then test their circuits both...