Lesson Plan

Solar Structures

It's time to soak up the sun! Youngsters read about active and passive solar heating systems, then they collaborate to create a miniature solar-heated building. Provide a variety of materials for them to incorporate and watch their designs take shape! This is a splendid instructional activity for sunny weather and can be used in a middle school physical science, earth science, STEM, engineering, or environmental studies class! 

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
  • An exciting critical thinking and engineering experience
  • Fosters teamwork
  • Meets a variety of national educational standards
  • Highlights the benefit of alternative energy soruces
  • No photos of examples of the miniature solar-heated buildings are provided; consider constructing one to help give groups vision for what they can do
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