Teaching Kids About Solar Power

Where does all energy come from? Do your kids know that you can harness electricity and heat from the sun.

No batteries required – these quirky little fellows are powered naturally by the sun!
Watch them come alive and walk around in an amusing, mechanized fashion.  Kids will have hours of outdoor fun as they learn about the powers of the sun.

This is an excellent way of witnessing an effective demonstration of how the power of the sun can be harnessed by the solar panel and converted into electrical energy.

This robot is designed to be suitable as a first time science project to help teach children about alternative forms of energy.

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Science Saturday Solar Energy Experiments                                                                    from Renewable Energy World.

You can teach kids how darker surfaces are more absorbent of heat with this experiment. Here are the materials you will need:

6 colored papers (black, white, red, blue, yellow, green)

6 ice cubes, same size

This solar energy for kids experiment will show how fast the ice cubes will melt on darker shades. Put one ice cube on each colored paper. Make sure that they are equally exposed to sunlight.  Wait for a couple of minutes. The results would show that the ice cube on the black colored paper melts the fastest. While the one on the white colored paper, will melt the slowest. This is because white reflects or lets heat bounces back. Darker shades, on the other hand, absorb heat.

The power of solar energy can also be shown in the following experiment. What you would need are:

Large magnifying glass

Pencil

Flat wood

Bucket of water

Note that you can only do this experiment with kids who are old enough. Be the one to hold the magnifying glass. Draw a pattern on the flat wood with a pencil. Put the wood on full sunlight exposure. Next, hold the magnifying glass on top of the wood. Concentrate the reflection of the light on a particular spot. Have the bucket of water ready. Stay in that position for several minutes and you will see that the wood would start to burn. Explain to the kids how this happens. You could also cite particular instances such as forest fires. This way, kids would know what’s going on with the environment.