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
For more information about this program, contact:
Office of Educational Programs
Brookhaven National Laboratory
Bldg.400 – P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000
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|
|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.”
|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.
“Use inductive reasoning to construct, evaluate, and validate conjectures and arguments, recognizing that patterns and relationships can assist in explaining and extending mathematical phenomena.”
“Design charts, tables, graphs, and other representations of observations in conventional and creative ways to help them address their research question or hypothesis.”
“Interpret the organized data to answer the research question or hypothesis and to gain insight in the problem.”
“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.
P.O. Box 5000
Upton, NY 11973-5000