Think Green, Utilizing Renewable Solar Energy

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory (JPL)
Summary:Switching to cleaner forms of energy is a complex issue. Explore this topic with high school students using a lesson plan from NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The lesson breaks down the use of solar energy into manageable concepts and action steps that students can easily understand. For example, the lesson requires students to model solar energy inputs at different locations, analyze the cost effectiveness of installing solar panels, and determine he appropriate locations for solar panels. The lesson plan includes everything needed to conduct the activity, including a lesson overview, materials list, management tips, background information and vocabulary, student procedures, discussion questions, assessments, and extensions.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS2.A
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS2-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Developing and using models
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation
Subjects: energy; environment; renewable energy; sun
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