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Solar Energy Overview
OVERVIEW

 

SOLAR ENERGY

GOALS

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 transfer.

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 transfer.
  • Use scientific thinking processes to conduct investigations and build explanations: observing, communicating, comparing, organizing, and relating.
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