Science in the sun

Science activities and resources about the sun and solar energy as well as science activities that are based outside and suitable for warmer weather!
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STUDENT ACTIVITY - Māui and the Sun - In this activity, students are introduced to the concept of harnessing the Sun’s energy for our use on Earth, through the Māori legend of Māui and the Sun. The students will explore nuclear fusion and the electromagnetic spectrum.

Harnessing the Sun - Scientists have learned to harness the Sun, transforming its energy to meet our need.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Investigating refraction and spearfishing  - In this activity, students aim spears at a model of a fish in a container of water. When they move their spears towards the fish, they miss! This activity investigates refraction.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Investigating refraction and spearfishing - In this activity, students aim spears at a model of a fish in a container of water. When they move their spears towards the fish, they miss! This activity investigates refraction.

This teacher resource explains the alternative conceptions students may have about light.

This teacher resource explains the alternative conceptions students may have about light.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Investigating bubbles | In this activity, students learn about the surface tension of water by experimenting with bubbles.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Investigating bubbles - In this activity, students learn about the surface tension of water by experimenting with bubbles.

INTERACTIVE: The electromagnetic spectrum

This interactive looks at the electromagnetic spectrum. You will need the Adobe Flash Player to view this.

INFO SHEET - What is UV?

The electromagnetic spectrum is a classification of the Sun’s radiation. Scientists have identified solar energy as a spectrum of many different wavelengths of electromagnetic rays. They have called this the electromagnetic spectrum.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Catching worms using ground sounds - In this activity, students investigate whether there is any evidence that earthworms can respond to vibrations in the ground.

Catching worms using ground sounds - STUDENT ACTIVITY. In this activity, students investigate whether there is any evidence that earthworms can respond to vibrations in the ground.

INFO SHEET: Solar power - This article looks at how the Sun’s energy that reaches Earth and passes through the atmosphere is harnessed directly as a heat source or used to generate electricity, for example, by using photovoltaic cells.

Dramatic prominences can sometimes be seen looming just beyond the edge of the sun. A solar prominence is a cloud of solar gas held just above the surface by the Sun's magnetic field.

STUDENT ACTIVITY: Dig a hole | In this activity, students use a picture book and/or dig a hole to learn more about soil, observation and inference  in science.

In this activity, students use a picture book and/or dig a hole to learn more about soil, observation and inference in science.

Citizen Scientists wanted! the Marine Metre Squared project is an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore.

Citizen Scientists wanted! the (Marine Metre Squared) project is an easy way for anyone to survey the plants and animals living on their local seashore.

UNIT PLAN - You, Me and UV - This teacher resource along with the Science Learning Hub context You, Me and UV is designed to help teachers improve their students’ understanding of UV light and the effects of UV on the human body.

CONTEXT - You, Me and UV - The good and the bad of ultraviolet radiation. What actually is ultraviolet radiation? What effects does it have on the Earth and on our bodies? Can we put ultraviolet radiation to good use?

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Investigating UV intensity - In this activity, students use UV beads to investigate the intensity of UV rays in a range of different situations.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Investigating UV intensity - In this activity, students use UV beads to investigate the intensity of UV rays in a range of different situations.

STUDENT ACTIVITY -Investigating sunscreens - In this activity, students use UV beads to investigate the effectiveness of different sunscreen lotions.

STUDENT ACTIVITY -Investigating sunscreens - In this activity, students use UV beads to investigate the effectiveness of different sunscreen lotions.

TEACHING RESOURCES - You, Me and UV - What actually is ultraviolet radiation? Where does it come from? What effects does it have on the Earth and on our bodies? Can we put ultraviolet radiation to good use?

TEACHING RESOURCES - You, Me and UV - What actually is ultraviolet radiation? What effects does it have on the Earth and on our bodies? Can we put ultraviolet radiation to good use?

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Sounds in the school pool - In this activity, students listen to sounds made in a swimming pool while being under water themselves.

STUDENT ACTIVITY - Sounds in the school pool - In this activity, students listen to sounds made in a swimming pool while being under water themselves.

INFO SHEET - The problem with sunbeds - This article looks at how UV in sunbeds is 3–8 times stronger than the midday summer sun. Anyone who uses a sunbed increases their risk of skin cancer.

INFO SHEET - The problem with sunbeds - This article looks at how UV in sunbeds is times stronger than the midday summer sun. Anyone who uses a sunbed increases their risk of skin cancer.

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