There are two videos to choose from to learn about solar energy.
The first one is better for younger kids, the second one will appeal to older kids. Feel free to watch one, or both!
You may see two other videos that are a deeper dive into solar energy. Feel free to watch as many of those as you like. Then choose some activities and/or a project.
This tower uses the heat from the sun to make a wheel spin. Watch as Jessi and Squeeks make one, then try it at home.
What you need:
What to do:
Record your findings and upload them to your portfolio.
Watch the video to see how to build a pizza box solar oven.
If you like to have written instructions, visit the Science Buddies website for a list of materials and instructions directly from Teisha Rowland at ScienceBuddies.org, the makers of the video.
Take a photo of your activity and write something to explain what you did. Then upload your photo and your explanation to your portfolio.
You may want to use a ruler or another straight object for this drawing. You may also choose to use a technical drawing tool app.
Once you have completed your drawing, take a picture of it and upload it to your portfolio.
Visit this science fair project from ScienceBuddies.org. Here you will find multiple sources of information to learn more about solar cooking, a list of materials, and detailed procedures for making two ovens to compare.
The objective of the project, as written on the website above, is to “follow simple instructions to build a box solar oven from materials like cardboard boxes and aluminum foil and then improve on the design to build a second, more efficient oven.”
If you made the oven in the Activity above, this is a great way to build on what you learnt – can you make it more efficient, or simpler to make and use?
To complete your project, communicate your results in a report or display board. Upload it to your portfolio.
ScienceBuddies.org lists these careers related to solar energy. Look around these sites and further research careers that interest you related to this field.
Consider, compare and contrast these careers. Communicate your findings in a report, slideshow, or other relevant way. Upload the information to your portfolio.
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