Introducing Solar Energy Lesson 4: Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps

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Leah Gorman
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Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):
Students will make observations about how a solar cell needs to be set up to push water through a pump and hypothesize about how energy is changing form as the pump runs.
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Description:

Students explore with a solar cell and a pump to discover how to make the pump run. They will hypothesize and informally test whether they can make the pump run faster or slower.

 

Science Kit Material(s) Used

1.5-Volt 500mA Solar Module
2-Volt, 500mA Solar Modules
Kidwind Small Water Pump
Test Leads with Alligator Clips

Other Material(s) Used

• Two-Column “Evidence” / “Conclusions” Chart • Two plastic containers (one larger)• Electrical Tape • Scissors • Copy of Handout 1