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Lesson plan: Solar invention makes safety and production levels shine


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Grade Level Grades 9-12
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards, Next Generation Science Standards

About This Lesson

Think about all the different ways humans rely on light each day. Imagine trying to drive or cross the road without any streetlights. How would hospitals and schools function without light?

In this PBS lesson, students will learn about emerging technologies that have helped inventors seek new settings for light sources, including in remote and high-poverty parts of the world. To better understand how light allows humans to live and thrive, students will invent their own light source using the steps of the invention process.


Agents for Change: Illac Diaz's Lightbulb Moment
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Design a solution to a complex real-world problem by breaking it down into smaller, more manageable problems that can be solved through engineering.
Evaluate a solution to a complex real-world problem based on prioritized criteria and trade-offs that account for a range of constraints, including cost, safety, reliability, and aesthetics, as well as possible social, cultural, and environmental impacts.
Analyze a major global challenge to specify qualitative and quantitative criteria and constraints for solutions that account for societal needs and wants.
Assess the extent to which the reasoning and evidence in a text support the author’s claim or a recommendation for solving a scientific or technical problem.
Integrate and evaluate multiple sources of information presented in diverse formats and media (e.g., quantitative data, video, multimedia) in order to address a question or solve a problem.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
Draw evidence from informational texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.


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