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Teaching Children about Solar Energy

 
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Any advice, books, activities for teaching elementary students about Solar Energy? We will have a week long camp on this topic and looking for ways of introduction, activities, art projects, and any other suggestions. Thanks in advance!
 
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http://www.education.com/science-fair/article/design-solar-cooker/

Something nice and direct would be fun. Cook something with a simple solar oven to impress their minds with the power of the sun. maybe pizza or cookies.
 
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Thanks for the link Zack. Looks like a simple solar cooker to make. We do have a Parabolic Solar cooker to use. I haven't used it yet. Definately pizza and nachos. Keep it coming... More info for introducing kids to solar energy?
 
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To get the kids' attention, build a solar death ray.
 
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Wow John, that is a crazy powerful way to harness the suns energy. Never would have thought the inside of a tv could do that. Have you tried it?
 
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Lisa Kohlhepp wrote:Wow John, that is a crazy powerful way to harness the suns energy. Never would have thought the inside of a tv could do that. Have you tried it?


Yes and no. So far I have taken the lens out of my old broken 57" TV and without building a frame tried playing around with it on a somewhat cloudy day in the middle of winter. I was able to singe a stick and melt some snow, but that's about it. On a clear summer day with a frame to keep the focus tighter I would expect much better results.
 
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