Solar Power

Lesson Purpose:​

  1. To look at using solar energy to generate electricity and heat water. 
  2. To use photovoltaic cells to drive a number of different household appliances and toys.
  3. To make a solar powered milkshake.

Time Needed:

30-40 mins

Year Levels:

Year 6 and 7


TEEC Staff Member

Australian Curriculum:

During the course of this activity it may be possible to target a number of the "Content Descriptions" across year levels six and seven. 

Year 6

Science Unde​rstanding
Physical sciences
Electrical energy can be transferred and transformed in electrical circuits and can be generated from a variety of sources.​
Science as a Human Endeavour
Nature and development of science
Science involves testing predictions by gathering data and using evidence to develop explanations of events and phenomena and reflects historical and cultural contributions.
Use and influence of science​​
Scientific knowledge is used to solve problems and inform personal and community decisions.

Year 7

Science Unde​rstanding
Earth and space sciences

Some of Earth’s resources are renewable, including water that cycles through the environment, but others are non-renewable.
Science as a Human Endeavour
Use and influence of science

Solutions to contemporary issues that are found using science and technology, may impact on other areas of society and may involve ethical considerations.