Purpose: Using an infrared [IR] sensor children investigate Sun as a heat source and develop an understanding that different materials store thermal energy with different levels of efficiency.
Supplies needed: Infrared sensor, different colored materials (see above).
Age level: elementary school age and up. Adults also enjoy this activity.
Notes: Directions are on the Solar Basics-Albedo and the Importance of Color cards. Older children can test their clothing. Make sure to tell them NOT to point the sensor at their face.
Purpose: Interactive card game to discover that the Sun is the ultimate source of energy for almost everything that we do in our daily lives.
Supplies needed per child: 1 set of double-sided energy cards. Download and print Energy cards [see additional resources] on cardstock and glue together. Cards can be laminated.
Age level: elementary school age and older