The Solar Energy Module consists of four
investigations that allow students to experience solar energy
firsthand and to investigate the variables that affect solar-energy
FOSS EXPECTS STUDENTS TO
- Become aware of the potential of solar energy, an inexhaustible
source, as an alternative energy source to fossil fuels,
a nonrenewable source.
- Observe differences in size and position of shadows as
a result of the relative positions of Earth and the Sun.
- Gain experience using a compass to orient objects on Earth.
- Become proficient in using a thermometer to monitor temperature
change in a variety of materials.
- Observe solar-energy transfer in a variety of situations.
- Relate the rate and amount of temperature change to variables
involved in energy transfer.
- Design solar water heaters and passive solar space heaters.
- Apply mathematics in the context of science.
- Acquire vocabulary associated with solar energy and energy
- Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations
and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing,
organizing, and relating.