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Light Bulb Challenge


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    Twin Cities Public Television

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Light Bulb Challenge

In this activity, learners explore the difference between compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulbs and traditional incandescent bulbs. Learners examine which light bulbs are more energy efficient by conducting experiments at three stations.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Learning Time:
45 to 60 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$5 - $10 per group of students

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan

Language:
English

Materials List (per group of students)


  • incandescent bulb, any wattage
  • 2 desk lamps, shade included
  • 2 tbsp. cooking oil
  • 2 droppers
  • half-sheets of plain paper
  • 2 rulers
  • 2 sets of 2 books of equal thickness
  • 2 stopwatches or clock
  • paper and pencils
  • thermometer (optional)
  • compact fluorescent light (CFL) bulb with equivalent light output as incandescent bulb
  • calculator (optional)

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
      • Environmental Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
  • Mathematics
    • Algebra
    • Data Analysis and Probability
      • Data Analysis
      • Data Collection
  • Physical Sciences
    • Heat and Thermodynamics
      • Heat and Temperature
      • Heat Transfer
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science and Society
      • Risks and Benefits
    • The Scientific Process
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories


  • Nature and Environment

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Uses STEM to solve real-world problems
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

Culture, ethnicity, and gender

  • Girls

    • Explicity developed for this group
    • Acknowledges this group's contributions to STEM
    • Highlights STEM opportunities for this group
    • Identifies role models or mentors in STEM fields from this group
    • Uses inclusive images of people from this group

Other


Components that are part of this resource:

Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access

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Rights:

  • All Rights Reserved, Twin Cities Public Television, Inc., ©2010

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation, 0813519
  • ExxonMobil

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