Featured in PASCO’s College Environmental Science Instructor Guide
College Instructor edition with experiments covering introductory and general environmental science topics.
Insolation & the Seasons
Use a stainless steel temperature sensor to measure the temperature of a solar panel positioned at different angles relative to the sun in order to determine how the earth's tilt and rotation around the sun is related to climate and the seasons.
Students determine how the earth's tilt and rotation around the sun is related to climate and the seasons. To do this they:
- Demonstrate the affect of changes in the angle of solar insolation on solar energy delivered to a given area.
- Connect changes tilt to seasonal temperature variations.
Sample Lab - Insolation and the Seasons (781 KB – PDF)
Students gain experience conducting the following procedures:
- Constructing a solar energy collection panel and aligning it relative to the sun.
- Measuring the relative amount of solar energy captured by monitoring temperatures of the solar panel when positioned at different angles relative to the sun.
Black construction paper, 15 x 15 cm
Cardboard, 15 x 15 cm
Small Tripod Base and Rod
Tape - 1 roll
The Associated Bundle:
Contains the probeware needed to perform all 26 experiments in the College Environmental Science instructor guide.