Mossdale Elementary School saw young students performing solar-power experiments during a Solar Power Day on Tuesday. Under the guidance of their teacher Sherri Ries-Knight, the fifth-graders came up with nearly six solar-power projects. Two students Avneet Khatra and Karindeep Mann installed a solar panel on the roof of the school. The duo attached a small motor to the solar panel and then went on to fix a small fan to the motor.
Other creations by the kids consisted of a solar-powered ovens made of cardboard and lined with tin foil and a balloon that rose when heated. Another experiment showed the students that placing a water-filled soda can inside a 2-liter bottle and then letting it heat in the sun would help the water in the cans evaporate and purify. The entire day, the class acted as tour guides, showing the 3-year-old school’s students and teachers how solar power works.
Ries-Knight’s class is also documenting their day of solar power to submit to the Disney EnvironmentalityChallenge. The program is known for calling on school classrooms to derive projects around environmentally friendly concepts. The students successfully cooked a potato and apple crisp dessert in the solar ovens on an overcast day. It is capable of heating up to 250 degrees on a bright sunny day. It is an interesting way of taking a scientific concept and wrapping the state standards into the lessons.