Driving or Multi-dimensional Question:
Several factors help keep the temperature stable in a greenhouse. Plants thrive in environments with a steady temperature and a controlled environment. What design/type of greenhouse will keep a stable temperature throughout winter to provide the best environment for plants? Students are given three different cartoon pictures referencing solar energy in different ways. Students will have to explain what the cartoons are trying to say and give evidence using knowledge from their activities in this PBL.
Students will investigate how solar energy is produced, the effectiveness of solar energy and how it is used (or will be used in the future) in Tennessee. They will complete activities regarding energy transfer, renewable resources and new technologies—all while utilizing the engineering design concept. At the completion of the PBL lesson, students will present their greenhouse design and results to agricultural students at the local high school. They will create an “ad” of their choice (flyer, pamphlet, TV, internet, streaming) on how solar energy can be used locally.
4. Conduct an investigation to demonstrate the way that heat (thermal energy) moves among objects through radiation, conduction or convection.
6.ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
1. Differentiate between renewable and nonrenewable resources by asking questions about their availability and sustainability.
2. Investigate and compare existing and developing technologies that utilize renewable and alternative energy resources
ELA and Other Standards:
6.ETS1: Engineering Design
2. Design and test different solutions that impact energy transfer.
Created By: Katie McKee
Grade Level or Subject: 6th Grade
Tennessee Academic Standards for Science Connection
Disciplinary Core Idea: How Heat Moves Across Objects Through Conduction, Convection and Radiation
Science and Engineering Practices: Planning and Carrying out Controlled Experiments
Cross Cutting Concepts: Cause and Effect
21st Century Skills
- Critical Thinking
- Communication Skills
- Collaboration (Team Building)
- Creativity and Innovation
For more information on this lesson please see the Lesson Resources below
|Activities||Resources and Materials|
|Activity Two||Solar Collector Activity||
|Business Partner||Contribution to Learning Experience||Contact Information|
|Midway High School Agriculture Department||Mrs. Moore and current agriculture students recently applied for and received a grant to fund the construction of a new greenhouse. They will mentor our students on important aspects of a greenhouse.||
|Oak Ridge National Lab/Department of Energy||Investigate research occurring locally through the department of energy.||https://www.energy.gov/eere/solar/sunshot-initiative|
|Tennessee Tech||Explore how engineering and energy resources can be partnered with farms in Tennessee.|
This is a two part presentation on their PBL.
1. Students will create an “elevator speech” (2-3 minutes) on how thermal/solar energy is produced and how it can be utilized locally. They will then present the greenhouse they created and explain the design challenges they faced, along with their results of their greenhouse project. These will be presented to students in the high school agriculture program.
2. Students will then create an advertisement of their choice—to be distributed locally—about the importance of solar energy in their community. Examples of this may be a flyer, brochure, TV or internet advertisement.