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    American Museum of Natural History
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    In this experiment, learners work in teams to investigate how the color of a surface influences its ability to reflect light and therefore heat. The ratio of light reflected to that received is...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    NOAA
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    In this activity, learners use chocolate to explore how the Sun transfers heat to the Earth through radiation. Learners compare the melting rate between chocolate left in the sunshine and chocolate...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 6 - 14 10 to 30 minutes
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    American Museum of Natural History
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    This activity helps learners understand how the angle of the Sun affects temperatures around the globe. After experimenting with a heat lamp and thermometers at differing angles, learners apply...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 11 - 18 45 to 60 minutes
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    Integrated Teaching and Learning Program, College of Engineering, University of Colorado at Boulder
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    Learners work in teams to 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. This...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 14 - 18 1 to 7 days
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    Twin Cities Public Television
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    This activity (on page 2 of the PDF) is a full inquiry investigation into absorption and reflection of radiant energy. In order to build a house that keeps a dog as cool possible in the heat,...

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 8 - 14 2 to 4 hours
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    COSI
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    In this activity, learners make a solar oven. Learners witness the awesome power of the sun to make a yummy treat--a chocolate chip cookie!

    $10 - $20 per group Ages 6 - 11 30 to 45 minutes
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    New York Hall of Science
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    This is a fun activity about the power of the Sun and the importance of using sunscreen to protect your sensitive skin from its rays. Learners will hang apple rings in the Sun and monitor changes...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 4 - 11 4 to 24 hours
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    American Association for the Advancement of Science
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    Learners build a simple solar oven from a shoebox, black construction paper, and aluminum foil. Over the course of a few hours, the oven heats up water enough to brew tea. When learners set up a...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 8 - 11 45 to 60 minutes
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    NASA
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    In this activity, learners make a flip book that shows the progression of two solar events on reversible sides of the flip book. Event choices include the sunspot cycle, differential rotation of...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 11 - 14 45 to 60 minutes
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    New York Hall of Science
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    In this activity, learners create a biosphere in a baggie. Learners add soil, seeds and a little water in a ziplock bag, tape the bag to a sunny window and observe a microcosm of the water cycle ...

    $1 - $5 per student Ages 4 - 11 1 to 7 days

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