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Using Heat from the Sun

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


Have students conduct the activity in groups of 2 to 4.

Materials per Student Group

  • 2 cups, 9-oz clear plastic 
  • Graduated cylinder, 100-mL size (or metric measuring cup)
  • Student thermometer, plastic
  • Copy of "Sunlight Observations" page     

Note: If you are teaching this activity during the winter, you will need to conduct it indoors, in a sunny window. When the weather is warm, students may conduct the experiment outside.

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