Energy Resources: Solar

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Resource Type:Classroom Activities; Curricula and Instruction
Grade Level:
9 10 11 12
Organization:American Geosciences Institute (AGI)
Summary:Solar energy is the energy that comes to the Earth from the Sun. It is commonly known as sunlight. This energy arrives in the form of electromagnetic radiation, which is energy that travels in waves. A variety of modern technologies are able to capture and convert solar energy into other useful forms of energy, such as heat and electricity. The Sun is a gigantic nuclear fusion reactor with 330-000 times more mass than Earth. It is by far Earth's most available energy resource. If more solar energy could be harnessed properly, it could provide many times today's global demand for energy. Five activities about solar power are included with this informational page.
Earth Science Big Ideas:Big Idea 7; Big Idea 9
NGSS Discplinary Core Ideas:ESS3.A; ESS3.C
NGSS Performance Expectations:HS-ESS3-1; HS-ESS3-4
NGSS Science and Engineering Practices:Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
NGSS Crosscutting Concepts:Cause and effect: Mechanism and explanation; Stability and change
Subjects: energy; nuclear energy; renewable energy; solar
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