House Warming

Things should heat up during a hands-on lesson exploring solar energy. An enlightening activity challenges young scientists to design a structure that collects solar energy efficiently. They keep track of temperature data over time and use the data to analyze the efficiency of their designs.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have pupils graph the window area versus temperature and use the shape of the graph to make comparisons
Classroom Considerations
  • Allow time to collect and prepare necessary equipment
  • Expects a basic understanding of solar energy
Pros
  • Provides a detailed teaching guide to help plan for instruction
  • Allows for creativity within the activity
Cons
  • None