Exploring Solar Powered Water Pumps (Lesson 4)

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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.

Next Generation Science Standard(s) Met:

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

Other Material(s) Used

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