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Mrs. Zysberg from Brooklyn NY is requesting Books through DonorsChoose, the most trusted classroom funding site for teachers.

Solar Energy Full STEAM Ahead!

My students need solar bags, solar beads and elastic cord to learn about solar energy.

  • $188 goal

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Hooray! This project is fully funded

My Students

My students attend a Title I school in New York. They are a very diverse group of children from many cultures. My students are living in high-poverty from low socioeconomic backgrounds.

My students are eager, enthusiastic, and extremely interested in finding out how things work.

During science, my students are always asking, "How?" and "Why?" Hands-on activities allow my students to learn, develop concepts and appreciate science, engineering and math education. They have the desire to learn and succeed, but they need the materials to achieve.

My Project

Solar energy is the cleanest and most abundant renewable energy source available, and the U.S. has some of the richest solar resources in the world. Students will be invesigating the benefits and uses of solar energy and the impact it has on our our environment.

My students need a solar bag, solar beads and elastic cord that will allow them to explore radiant and thermal energy from the sun.

Since the solar bag is black, the solar energy heats it and the air inside, to a temperature greater than that of the surrounding air. As a result, the density of the air inside the bag becomes lower than the density of the air outside the bag. This causes the air inside the bag to become lighter than the air outside the bag, and due to the resulting upward force created by buoyancy, it floats. It works just like a hot air balloon, except that the heat source for a solar bag is the sun, and not a gas burner.

Students will also construct bracelets using solar beads. They will be able to investigate the radiant energy from the sun and view the color changes of the beads.

Mrs. Zysberg
Grades 3-5
More than half of students from low‑income households

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This project will reach 125 students.

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Materials Cost Quantity Total
Tedcotoys School Children Activity 50' Solar Balloon by TEDCO • Amazon Business $14.74 6 $88.44
TSLIKANDO(TM) Pack of 1000 Multi Color Plastic UV Beads, Clear Beads Color Magically Changing UV Reactive Pony Beads for Jewelry Making • Amazon Business $7.99 3 $23.97
Outus Elastic Cord Stretch Thread Beading Cord Fabric Crafting String, 0.8 mm, White (100 Meters) • Amazon Business $7.34 2 $14.68

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