Learn how we transform the sun's energy into energy we can use.
Students watch a video about solar energy and two different technologies that convert solar energy into other energy forms, including electricity. Students then test their knowledge of solar energy presented in the video with the “Solar: fact or fiction?” worksheet.
The sun is the Earth’s main source of energy. It can be transformed to other energy forms we can use. How is solar energy transformed? The two main forms of solar energy transformation technologies are photovoltaic (electricity) and thermal (heat). Solar energy is considered one of the cleanest and most renewable sources of energy. There are no direct greenhouse gases released into the environment from the generation of energy from solar power.
Example of solar energy technologies:
What do computers, glow sticks and bells have in common? They all change energy from one form to another.
Map out the energy transformations of a crazy chain-reaction machine.
Combine science, creativity, and fun to design a machine that uses different forms of energy.
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