Energy Conversion: Optical to Thermal - Lesson Plan Volume 18

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Grades 3-12.

Students will…

  • Learn different forms of energy (optical, thermal, mechanical, electrical).
  • Learn that energy may be converted from one form to another.
  • Study the energy conservation law.
  • Understand there may be losses converting energy from one form to other forms.
  • Build a solar cooker based on the Solar Balloon Energy Kit.
  • Heat one cup of water to 200 F or higher using the Solar Balloon.
  • Calculate the efficiency of the Solar Balloon in converting sunlight to heat.
  • Use the hot water to drive a Stirling Engine.
  • Estimate the efficiency of the Stirling Engine.
  • Apply critical thinking to energy conversion.
  • Experience team building and real-world problem solving.

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Age: 8 yrs. - 18 yrs.
Lesson Plan: STEM/STEAM
Grade: 3 - 12
School Type: Elementary School, Middle School, High School
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