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Using Heat from the Sun

Author(s): Nancy P. Moreno, PhD, Barbara Z. Tharp, MS, and Judith Dresden, MS.

The Science of the Sun's Energy

In this activity, students learned the following properties of global resources.

  • Some energy given off by the sun can be felt as heat. The sun produces its energy through nuclear fusion, a process that converts hydrogen to helium. The heat produced as a result is transferred from the sun’s core and reaches the Earth.
  • Heat from the sun can be used as a source of energy. Plants use sunlight to create food through a process called photosynthesis. Fossil fuels were formed from partially rotted plants and organisms buried at intense pressures for millions of years. Another example of the sun’s energy is the direct heating of solar panels by sunlight to generate electricity. Ask, Where else we can observe energy from the sun?


Funded by the following grant(s)

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, NIH

My Health My World: National Dissemination
Grant Number: 5R25ES009259
The Environment as a Context for Opportunities in Schools
Grant Number: 5R25ES010698, R25ES06932


Houston Endowment Inc.

Foundations for the Future: Capitalizing on Technology to Promote Equity, Access and Quality in Elementary Science Education