STEM Activities for Your Classroom
Build and test a model house for energy efficiency and solar heat gain
Grade Level: Middle or High School
Subject: Engineering, Physics, Physical Science, or Environmental Science
Use a light bulb heater to imitate a real furnace and a temperature sensor to monitor and regulate the internal temperature of the house. Use a bright bulb in a gooseneck lamp to model sunlight at different times of the year, and test the effectiveness of windows for passive solar heating.
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Connecting to the 3 Dimensions of the Next Generation Science Standards
Plan this unit to integrate NGSS Practices as your students explore the phenomenon of squirrel color or squirrel behavior.
The NGSS Practices
- Asking questions (for science) and defining problems (for engineering)
- Developing and using models
- Planning and carrying out investigations
- Analyzing and interpreting data
- Using mathematics and computational thinking
- Constructing explanations (for science) and designing solutions (for engineering)
- Engaging in argument from evidence
- Obtaining, evaluating, and communicating information