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    Zero-Energy Housing

    Students investigate passive solar building design with a focus on heating. Insulation, window placement, thermal mass, surface colors, and site orientation are addressed in the background materials ...

    Solar Water Heater

    Student teams design and build solar water heating devices that mimic those used in residences to capture energy in the form of solar radiation and convert it to thermal energy. In this activity, ...

    Introduction to Photovoltaic Systems

    This activity introduces students to the process of converting sunlight into electricity through the use of photovoltaics (solar cells). Students complete a reading passage with questions and an ...

    Saved by the Sun

    This activity features video segments from a 2007 PBS program on solar energy. Students follow a seven-step invention process to design, build, and test a solar cooker that will pasteurize water. In ...

    Solar Power Basics

    This introductory video summarizes the process of generating solar electricity from photovoltaic and concentrating (thermal) solar power technologies.

    Daylighting Video

    This video introduces the concept of daylighting - the use of windows or skylights for natural lighting and temperature regulation - and how it is one building strategy that can save operating costs ...

    What is the Greenhouse Effect?

    This is an animation from the US Environmental Protection Agency's Students Guide to Global Climate Change, one of a series of web pages and videos about the basics of the greenhouse effect.

    The Greenhouse Effect

    This interactive contains four animated slides that introduce the greenhouse effect. An additional animation offers to 'explore more'.

    In the 70s, they said there'd be an Ice Age

    This is a video overview of the history of climate science, with the goal of debunking the idea that in the 1970s, climate scientists were predicting global cooling.

    How Much Warming?

    This short video, is the fifth in the National Academies Climate Change, Lines of Evidence series. It focuses on greenhouse gases, climate forcing (natural and human-caused), and global energy ...