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.
How much energy comes to us from the sun?
Other Instructional Materials or Notes:
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.)
- 6.P.3 The student will demonstrate an understanding of the properties of energy, the transfer and conservation of energy, and the relationship between energy and forces.
- 6.P.3A Energy manifests itself in multiple forms, such as mechanical (kinetic energy and potential energy), electrical, chemical, radiant (solar), and thermal energy. According to the principle of conservation of energy, energy cannot be created nor de...