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Think GREEN - Utilizing Renewable Solar Energy DLESE Reviewed Collection
Solar energy is radiant energy that is produced by the Sun. Every day the Sun radiates an enormous amount of energy. How much solar energy a place on Earth receives depends on several conditions. In this lesson, students will explore real NASA satellite data for energy from the Sun and cloud cover for their area to determine if they can harness this solar energy, a renewable energy source, by using a solar collector. They will develop skills in graphing and reading graphs.
Intended for grade levels:
  • Middle (6-8)
  • High (9-12)
Type of resource:
  • For the classroom:
    • Computer activity
    • Lesson plan
Subject:
  • Atmospheric science
  • Climatology
  • Environmental science
  • Geographical Sciences:
    • Physical geography
  • Technology
Technical requirements:
Excel spreadsheet
Cost / Copyright:
No cost
This product is free and clear for general use.
DLESE Catalog ID: MYND-000-000-000-081
Educational standards:
  • National Science Education Standards (NSES):
    • 5-8:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Earth in the solar system
        • Structure of the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about sci. / tech.
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Sci. / tech. in society
    • 9-12:
      • A - Science as inquiry:
        • Abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry
      • D - Earth and space science:
        • Energy in the earth system
      • E - Science and technology:
        • Understandings about science and technology
      • F - Science in personal / social perspectives:
        • Environmental quality
        • Natural resources
        • Sci. / tech. in local, national, and global challenges
  • National Geography Standards:
    • Environment and society:
      • The changes that occur in the meaning, use, distribution, and importance of resources
    • Places and regions:
      • The physical and human characteristics of places
Resource contact / Creator / Publisher:
Contact: Dr Lin Chambers
NASA