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Solar energy provided heat for some of the earliest dwellings. Today, it has the potential to heat our homes, run appliances, cook meals, and even power our cars. Students learn about the power available from the sun and harness it, using a 250 watt light to simulate sunlight. The activity guide takes them though experiments on how heat moves, how to collect it, and how to store it for nights and cloudy days. House design allows students to compare different combinations of passive and active solar heating. They then go on to use a photovoltaic (solar) cell to generate electricity that can be used to light the model house & power a fan.
Model house measures approximately 7" by 7" by 8" tall. The illustrated guide takes students through a series of activities that include a brief history of the use of solar energy, conduction, convection, radiation, thermal mass, insulation, heat, temperature, and basic electricity. A great way to introduce your students to the oldest – and
newest – energy technologies. Foam board construction, requires cutting and assembly (templates included).
- Foam board for walls, roof & floor
- Template for cutting foam board
- Foam board cutter
- Activity guide
- Digital & Liquid thermometers
- Insulating & Clear panels
- Thermal mass block
- Photovoltaic cell
- Wind generator
- Rechargeable battery
- 1.5V light
- Water storage tank
- Plans for solar cooker
- Plans for a solar water heater
NOTE: 250 watt Lamp/reflector shown in picture is not included.