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Save the Sea Birds is set in the context of the Gulf Oil Spill of 2010. Students are asked to dream up an invention that would make sure oil spills never happen in the Gulf (or anywhere around the world) again. Since most crude oil is used for transportation, the best solution is to use another source of energy for moving people and things around the world. Students learn about electricity, solar energy, solar panels, motors, gears, and how to use all these to create solar-powered mass transportation. They design and build a vehicle that pulls plaster-filled plastic eggs, to remind them that solar-powered vehicles Save the Sea Birds.
Design lesson materials for one additional class of 28 students working in groups of 4
Re-usable equipment and design lesson materials for one class of 28 students working in groups of 4
An Introduction to Solar Energy, Force, and Motion