Ever wonder why a rubber ball bounces or what makes a wind-up toy go? It’s all about the storage of energy! In this unit, students will play, measure, predict, and build their way through a variety of activities that demonstrate how potential energy can be stored and converted into kinetic energy.
In this lesson, students will explore methods of converting primary energy sources into electrical energy. Using renewable (green) and non-renewable energy sources, students will generate electrical currents. At the end of the lesson, students will compare renewable and non-renewable energy sources in British Columbia and pursue creative alternatives for clean energy.
While investigating the power of the sun, students will discuss methods of protecting themselves from the sun's harmful ultraviolet radiation. They will explore solar thermal energy by examining a radiometer, playing with a solar UFO and creating solar ovens. They will use photovoltaic cells to power small motors.