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Understanding Solar Energy

Lesson Description:
Students will:
  • Know that the sun's energy is transferred to earth by electromagnetic waves
  • Understand that there are eight main types of electromagnetic waves that are classified on the electromagnetic spectrum by their wavelenghts
  • Be able to explain how each of the types of electromagnetic radiation is used or found in our everyday lives

Lesson Type:
  • Discussion

Sustainability Topic:
  • Energy

GEF Program Category:
  • Green Energy Challenge

Materials Needed:
  • Electromagnetic spectrum chart
  • Internet access
  • Reference books
  • Overhead projector
  • Chart paper and other material for creating presentation visuals

School or Group:
Florida Solar Energy Center
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Located in: Science

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