Lesson

Energy from the Sun

Lesson Overview

Upon completing this lesson the students will:

• Measure the amount of solar heat that comes from the sun; and

• Describe ways this energy can be used to help reduce our dependence on traditional fossil fuels and nuclear power.

Duration
1-2 hours
Lesson Type
Traditional Lesson

Essential Question

How much energy comes to us from the sun?

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Other Instructional Materials or Notes:

6

Science

This activity works well for small groups of students. For each group performing the experiment, you’ll need the following items.

• 2 Styrofoam Cups

• 2 Thermometers

• Food Coloring

• Aluminum Foil

• A Measuring Cup

• A Metric Ruler

• A Watch with Second Hand

• Insulation Materials (packing foam, shredded newspaper, etc.)

• A Cardboard Box (It should be the same height as the cups. Trim the box if needed.)

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Lesson Created By: GeorgiLucas

Lesson Partners: The South Carolina Energy Office