Next Generation Science Standards Performance Assessment Lessons-Energy
In this series of activities, students work in teams to engage in the engineering process to design and build a model passive solar house. They test their model passive solar house to collect data on how effectively the house transfers light energy to heat energy and retains the heat energy. Daylight is simulated using a light (or setting the houses in direct sunlight) and engineering teams collect data on how effectively heat is collected in the house. Then, night is simulated by taking the house out of the light and data is collected on how effectively the house retains heat. Each engineering team presents their passive solar energy house designs and reports the results of the tests to the class. Teams use these data to revise and improve their passive solar house designs to make them more effective at collecting and retaining heat.
Teacher background information, detailed procedures, templates for model houses, student activity sheets, rubrics for scoring, note taking page, sample results and photos of possible models, and an Engineering Design Poster are included.
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