Warm Home Solar Style

Students will investigate and explore the use of solar energy as a means to heat a home.  In order to understand how solar energy can be harnessed, students will define solar energy, explore photovoltaic cells, and investigate passive solar energy.  After gaining understanding about the concepts of solar energy, students will build a solar-heated model home that is warm and comfortable based on the data analysis of the previous sections.  This unit is applicable for high school students in grades nine through twelve with a variety of learning styles.
Science & Technology Grade 9 – Benchmark A: Explain the ways in which the processes of technological design respond to the needs of society.
Grade 11 – Benchmark A: Predict how human choices today will determine the quality and quantity of life on Earth
Scientific Ways of Knowing Grade 9 – Benchmark B: Explain how scientific inquiry is guided by knowledge, observations, ideas and questions.
Grade 10 – Benchmark A: Explain that scientific knowledge must be based on evidence, be predictive, logical, subject to modification and limited to the natural world.
Grade 11 – Benchmark A: Explain how scientific evidence is used to develop and revise scientific predictions, ideas or theories.
Grade 12 – Benchmark A: Explain how scientific evidence is used to develop and revise scientific predictions, ideas or theories.
Number, Number Sense and Number Operations Grade 9 – Benchmark G: Estimate, compute and solve problems involving real numbers, including ratio, proportion and percent, and explain solutions.
Measurement Grade 9 – Benchmark A: solve increasingly complex non-routine measurement problems, and check for reasonableness of results.
Data Analysis and Probability Grade 11 – Benchmark C: Design and perform a statistical experiment, simulation or study; collect and interpret data; and use descriptive statistics to communicate and support predictions and conclusions.
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