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Ideal for grades 6-8, exploring Solar Energy is a comprehensive, interdisciplinary exploration that draws heavily on learning outcomes in Mathematics (angle calculations) in the context of alternative energy. The overall concept of this project-based lesson is to build a solar oven that will maximize temperature (i.e., maximize thermal energy transfer from the sun). This challenge necessitates working through a design thinking framework, from identifying needs to constructing a prototype based on a model, and iterating on their unique designs during testing and feedback phases.
This exploration is designed to take 4-5 class periods. Included in this 32 page PDF is a lesson guide to assist teachers in executing the exploration as well as a student workbook.
Some of the items within the lesson guide include a breakdown of each day's activities (including helpful notes, common misconceptions, and adaptations for differentiated lessons), a project rubric and an answer key for the solar assessment.
Included in the student workbook is an exploring solar assessment, project instructions and worksheets to help direct students in this exploration.
By the end of this exploration, students will understand: