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Hack A Solar Circuit

Grade Level Grades 6-8
Resource Type Activity, Handout
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Next Generation Science Standards

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Capitalizing on solar energy could be a good alternative to using non-renewable resources for generating electricity for many reasons: Sunlight is available everywhere, solar power does not generate pollution the way fossil fuel-based energy does, and solar panels are becoming more affordable to manufacture. By learning how solar panels can be used to make a solar-powered circuit, we can begin to create the type of technology that could bring electricity to more people around the world.

In this engineering activity, you’ll reverse-engineer a solar circuit to build a simple, inexpensive, and lightweight device that is powered by the sun’s light. Teachers, click here to access the full resource on Science Friday's website.

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Hack-A-Solar-Circuit-Rubric.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Hack-A-Solar-Circuit-Engineering-Notebook.pdf

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February 13, 2020
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Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Define the criteria and constraints of a design problem with sufficient precision to ensure a successful solution, taking into account relevant scientific principles and potential impacts on people and the natural environment that may limit possible solutions.
Analyze data from tests to determine similarities and differences among several design solutions to identify the best characteristics of each that can be combined into a new solution to better meet the criteria for success.
Evaluate competing design solutions using a systematic process to determine how well they meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.
Develop a model to generate data for iterative testing and modification of a proposed object, tool, or process such that an optimal design can be achieved.
Apply scientific principles to design, construct, and test a device that either minimizes or maximizes thermal energy transfer.

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