Here Comes the Sun (Now how can we use it?)

Dates/Times: Saturday, March 28th @ 10 - 11:30AM (register here)
Location: MSU Surplus Store and Recycling Center
Cost: $10 per participant
Ages: Grade 3+


The large mass of incandescent gas at the center of our solar system can do more for us than brighten our days and keep us warm! Learn how to put the sun and other renewable sources of energy to good use. Investigate questions such as, how can the sun cook my dinner? How do solar panels work? Why are windmills popping up all over the country? Do renewable fuels really reduce pollution in the air? Figure out the answers to these questions and more! All class participants will construct a small scale solar cooker and if the weather cooperates, we may even cook a snack!


During this class, students will:
  • Label the parts of the Sun
  • Explain how nuclear fusion creates energy
  • Identify components of a photovoltaic cell (PV cell/Panel)
  • Analyze how energy is created in a solar panel
  • Compare and Contrast solar energy with energy created by fossil fuels

Grade Specific Standards

For Grades 2 - 5:
  • K.PS2.B (4-PS3-3)
  • K.ETS1.A (4-PS3-4)
  • 2.ETS1.B (4-PS3-4)
  • 3.PS2.A (4-PS3-3)
  • 5.PS3.D (4-PS3-4)
  • 5.LS1.C (4-PS3-4)
  • MS.PS2.A (4-PS3- 3)
  • MS.PS2.B (4-PS3-2)
  • MS.PS3.A (4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, and 4-PS3-4)
  • MS.PS3.B (4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, and 4-PS3-4)
  • MS.PS3.C (4-PS3-3)
  • MS.PS4.B (4-PS3-2)
  • MS.ETS1.B (4- PS3-4)
  • MS.ETS1.C (4-PS3-4)
  • RI.4.1 (4-PS3-1)
  • RI.4.3 (4-PS3-1)
  • RI.4.9 (4-PS3-1)
  • W.4.7 (4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, and 4-PS3-4)
  • W.4.8 (4-PS3-1, 4-PS3-2, 4-PS3-3, and 4-PS3-4)
  • W.4.9 (4-PS3-1)
  • 4.OA.A.3 (4-PS3-4)