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STEAM activity- Building a Simple Generator using Renewable Energy Sources

Grade Levels
9th - 12th, Homeschool
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In this interactive lab activity, middle school or high school science students learn to design and experiment with a simple generator that can run on renewable energy.

No doubt about it- every student should do this lab!

Students often understand very little about how electricity is created using fossil fuels or renewable energy sources. This activity not only demonstrates the concept, but allow students to design their own sources of electricity!

A video of Part 1 (building the simple generator) can be found at this YouTube link: STEAM Lab Preview

Part 1:

In this creative and fun STEM activity, students learn to create their own simple generators using everyday materials such as magnets, copper wire, and cardboard. By the end of one period, they can create a generator that lights a small light bulb!

Part 2:

This part of the activity allows students to measure the voltage created from a renewable energy source created by them! Using everyday materials such as wooden skewers and 2-liter soda bottles, students work in teams to create water and wind turbines. Teams then compete to see which design can create the most electricity by connecting their turbines to their simple generators.

Believe me, they will LOVE this lab!

➤Items included in this product are as follows:

1. Parts list for simple generators (most materials can be found at Radio Shack inexpensively)

2. Instructions for the teacher

3. Student instructions for construction of the generator including illustrations

4. A basic description of how a generator works

5. Questions to test student comprehension

6. Teacher instructions for renewable energy extension (Part 2)

➤My Environmental Science Series includes lessons for each sphere of the earth:

1. Hydrosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

2. Biosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

3. Atmosphere Bundle (in digital/paperless or print versions)

4. Geosphere/Lithosphere (in digital/paperless or print versions)

Total Pages
10 pages
Answer Key
Teaching Duration
2 hours
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