Solar energy is a clean, renewable resource. Using laptop computers, students graph and analyze satellite data sets. Students consider the benefits of solar energy research and possible future research questions.

$250 for this one-hour session

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Scientists use and process large amounts of data to build computer models, or cloud systems and other global processes. Students will compare the isolation at two locations and different atmospheric conditions by graphing data weather data available from databases such as NASA.

**Vocabulary: ** insolation, latitude, linear graph, photovoltaic, pyranometers

Core Document | Intermediate Level Science Core |

Content | |

Performance Indicators | PI 2.2, The Physical Setting:“Describe…weather and climate changes.” PI 4.1, The Physical Setting:“Describe the sources and indentify the transformations of energy observed in everyday life.” |

Major Understandings | MU 2.2i, The Physical Setting:“Weather describes the conditions of the atmosphere at a given location for a short period of time.” MU 2.2 j, The Physical Setting:“Climate is the characteristic weather that prevails from season to season and year to year.” MU 4.1a, The Physical Setting:“The sun is a major source of energy for Earth. Other sources include nuclear and geothermal energy.” |

Process Skills | |

Standard 4 | General Skills 3:“Use appropriate units for measured or calculated values.” General Skills; 4:“Recognize and analyze patterns and trends.” |

Standards 1, 2, 6, 7 | Standard 1 Mathematical Analysis; M1.1:“Extend mathematical notation and symbolism to include variables and algebraic expressions in order to describe and compare quantities and express mathematical relationships. - M1.1a: Identify independent and dependent variables.
Standard 1 Mathematical Analysis; M2.1:“Use inductive reasoning to construct, evaluate, and validate conjectures and arguments, recognizing that patterns and relationships can assist in explaining and extending mathematical phenomena.” - M2.1a: Interpolate and extrapolate from data.
- M2.1b: Quantify patterns and trends.
Standard 1 Scientific Inquiry; S3.1:“Design charts, tables, graphs, and other representations of observations in conventional and creative ways to help them address their research question or hypothesis.” - S3.1a: Organize results, using appropriate graphs, diagrams, data tables, and other models to show relationships.
- S3.1b: Generate and use scales, create legends, and appropriately label axes.
Standard 1 Scientific Inquiry; S3.2:“Interpret the organized data to answer the research question or hypothesis and to gain insight in the problem.” - S3.2b: Identify sources of error and the limitations of data collected.
- S3.2c: Evaluate the original hypothesis in light of the data.
- S3.2f: Make predictions based on experimental data.
- S3.2h: Use and interpret graphs and data tables.
Standard 2 Information Systems; 1.2:“Use spreadsheets and database software to collect, process, display, and analyze information. Students access needed information from electronic databases and on-line telecommunications services.” |

These programs are registered with Eastern Suffolk BOCES Exploratory Enrichment.

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