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Lesson: Design and Race a Solar Car

In this design challenge for grades 6 to 8, students will harness the power of the sun to design, construct and evaluate a solar-powered modelcar of their creation. Students will utilize the design process and undergo review by their peers to select an optimal gear ratio and components for their car. As a culminating activity, students compete in a “Solar Sprint” race modeled after the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s Junior Solar Sprint competition.

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Lesson: Design a Solar Building

In exploring ways to use solar energy, students investigate the thermal energy storage capacities of different test materials to determine which to use in solar building design.

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