Fun in the Sun

Todd Prichard
Grade Level: 
National Science Education Standards: 
Concept A: Identify questions that can be answered through scientific investigations Concept B: Transfer of energy Concept E: Abilities of technical design
Arizona State Science Education Standards: 
Strand 1: Inquiry Process Concept 1: Observations, Questions, and Hypothesis PO1 - Formulate questions based on observations that lead to the development of a hypothesis Concept 2: Investigating and Modeling PO2 - Design an investigation to test individual variables using scientific processes Strand 3: Science in Personal and Social Perspectives Concept 2: PO1 – Propose viable methods of responding to an identified need or problem. PO3 – Design and construct a solution to an identified need or problem using simple classroom materials Strand 5: Physical Science Concept 3: Understand that energy can be stored and transferred
In this lesson the students will demonstrate their proficiency of the scientific method by determining what makes a radiometer (solar mill) function. The outcome of student’s independent experiments will identify solar radiation as the energy source which powers the radiometer. This lesson demonstrates to students the bridging of science into engineering by designing a new device based off of their scientific results from individual experiments.
Solar energy, energy
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