Making the Standard Solar Heater

Heat up a lesson on solar energy. The first of three parts in the Experimenting with Solar Heaters unit has scholars construct solar heaters. They then use them to heat up a container of water and calculate the amount of heat energy transfer that occurs.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class brainstorm ways in which they can improve their solar heaters
Classroom Considerations
  • Pupils should have prior knowledge of energy transfer and transformation
  • Activity requires a variety of materials; see resource for complete list
Pros
  • Provides a printable direction sheet for solar heater construction
  • Lists some possible extension questions
Cons
  • None