The days of experiments in a science classroom bring back a certain nostalgia. Excitement fills the room as students jump at the opportunity to get some hands-on experience; a nice break from their note taking. While STEM activities are fun, some may find it a burden when designing their lesson plan. Setup, cleanup, incorporating it with your curriculum – it seems too complicated. Bringing STEM to your classroom through experiments doesn’t have to be complicated; with activities featuring the power of solar energy and electricity, you can provide a plethora of learning opportunities.
Experimenting with solar energy is simple since the sun is a commodity available anywhere during school hours. No extensive field trips, no thorough prep – a solar panel is a potent teaching tool accessed on campus. While solar energy is most obviously suited to teach about renewable energy and sustainability, the potential for lessons branches out way beyond an energy unit. Solar panels can be used as an addendum to supplement many experiments – electricity, physics, chemistry – providing hours’ worth of lecturing in minutes of interactivity. Using solar panels with electricity kits, or integrating solar cars in your curriculum, initiates hands-on learning that gives your students a deeper understanding of content while simultaneously keeping them engaged.
Activities allow our students to truly explore, empowering them to think creatively, and critically. Integrating STEM benefits everyone – not just the engineer, mathematician, or scientist. It also reinforces leadership and responsibility. For these long-term rewards, there are short-term barriers – as an educator, your time is limited. You shouldn’t be satisfied with a STEM activity that calls upon a great amount of your time. You should be able to bring STEM learning to your classroom immediately.
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With solar4STEM, we can offer you STEM solutions for your classroom that reinforce learning, respect your time, and save you money. The solar4STEM family of products includes solar panels enabling discovery while lasting for years to come. With electricity kits that setup in minutes and are straightforward to use, students are quickly exposed to a world of knowledge. Our STEM products come with prepared experiments ensuring seamless addition to any unit. We can help you envision success powered by STEM tailored to your needs. Achieve greater success by applying the benefits of STEM into your lesson plans.