As researchers for a renewable resources research firm. Apply design, build, and test a two room unit that uses the sun to heat one room and maintain a temperature for the other room.
Students work for a renewable resources research firm, that is searching for an electricity free way to heat room in a home. As researchers they must design, build, and test a two rum unit that uses the sun to heat one room and maintain a temperature for the other room. Through this process the students will learn about solar energy and various forms of heat transfer. They will utilize the engineering design process to design, build, and test their two-room homes. This kit contains enough materials for 10 groups. Access to curricula materials can be found at http://www.nicerc.org.
Materials in this kit include: cotton balls, cups, thermometers, cardboard sheets, chocolate bars, aluminum foil, foam plates, parchment paper, cling wrap, dowel rods, diorama foam, double sided tape, tape measure, hot glue gun and glue sticks, masking tape, heat lamp with bulb, protractor, and balsa wood.
Students will present a business plan and create a scale model of a roller coaster using restrictions associated with different lots of land. Apply concepts of potential energy, kinetic energy, centripetal force, inertia, and surface area.