Resources

Student Activities

Fun and educational activities inspired by our curriculum units and easy enough to do at home with minimal materials.

Electrolysis — Making Hydrogen From Water

Electrolysis setup
This experiment demonstrates how water can be separated into hydrogen and oxygen using household items and a 9-volt battery or a small solar panel as a power source.

Human Sundial

Statue time demonstration
See what happens when a human is used as a sundial.

Sundials You Can Build

Paper plate sundial
Ever wonder how people used to tell time without a clock or watch? Learn to make two different sun dials.

Solar Cookers

Solar cooker made from a storage box Learn how to make several different solar cookers with simple materials.  Also find tips for cooking and delicious recipes.

Solar Still


Discover how easy it is to purify water… a great survival skill.

 

Ice Cube Race

Race two ice cubes, one in the sun and the other in the shade, to see which melts first.

Rainbows, Rainbows Everywhere!

See if you can find the rainbows hiding all around you.

Solar Electricity

Can you use the sun to make a motor spin?  Find out with this activity.

Sun and Shade

Is it really cooler in the shade?  If so, by how much, and why?

Sun Tea Battle

Which tastes better?  Tea made from the sun or on a stove.  Try this blindfolded taste taste to find out.

UV Beads and Sunscreen

Test different sunscreens to see which works the best at stopping UV rays.

Water Vapor, it’s a Gas!

Where does the water go from a puddle after the sun dries it up?  Find out the answers using this activity.

Solar Word Search

Word SearchFind solar related words in these word searches, one designed for Elementary students, the other for Secondary students.
Solar Word Search (Elementary)
Solar Word Search (Secondary)

Haiku Challenge

HaikuHaiku is a Japanese form of poetry usually written about the natural world or environment. It often uses 17 syllables displayed in three lines of text.

  • Download the pdf. Pick one of the provided Haiku.  Give it a title and draw a picture of what it means to you.
  • Try writing and illustrating one of your own.

Science Fair Help

View tips and get ideas about science fair projects using renewables.


Lending Library Materials

The Education Department at FSEC has many resources available for loan to Florida teachers and civic leaders. These materials are designed to foster an understanding of solar and renewable energy technologies in a hands-on fashion. Students learn about these technologies by experimentation.

Classroom Science Kits – (Each kit contains enough materials for a class of 24 students.)

    • Solar Matters Hands-On Kit (K – 8):
      Materials for a classroom to perform the investigations in our Solar Matters activity units. Kits include small solar panels, motors, propellers, color paddles, magnifying glasses, protractors, thermometers, UV sensitive beads, 2 videos, and various printed resources.
      Typical lending time 2 to 3 weeks.
    • Understanding Solar Energy Hands-On Kit (9 – 12):
      Materials to perform the investigations in our Understanding Solar Energy high school unit. Kit includes materials for four working groups. Included for each group is a 3 volt panel, four mini panels, solar meter, multimeter, wires, protractor, thermometer, laboratory exploration sheets and various printed resources.
      Typical lending time 2 to 3 weeks.
    • Solar Electricity Investigation Kit:
      Kit includes a classroom set (15 each) small photovoltaic panels, motors and propellers, 5 milliamp meters and instructions. This kit is also popular for displays at events.
      Typical lending time 1 week.
    • High Energy Hydrogen Hands-On Kit (3 – 12):Materials to complement the High Energy Hydrogen activity units. Kit includes reversible PEM fuel cells (1.5 volt), photovoltaic panels, wires, motors, piezzo lighters and pipette rocket equipment, a video and various printed resources.Typical lending time 2 weeks.
    • Solar Thermal Investigation Kit:
      Kit includes the materials needed to conduct a classroom experiment in solar thermal, including four trays and lids, thermometers, graduated cylinder and instructions.
      Typical lending time 1 week.

Books and Other Resources

    • Junior Solar Sprint Competition Kit:
      Junior Solar Sprint kits which include the regulation panel and motor are available for $25 (include $3 per shipment if UPS or postal delivery is required).
    • Planet Janitor Coloring Books:
      Planet Janitor, a coloring book which teaches an environmentally friendly message in English and Spanish, may be downloaded for free here. Printed copies may be purchased for $2.00 each (include $3 per shipment for postage). Planet Janitor coloring books may be reproduced for use in the classroom.
    • Clean Air Coloring Book:
      Learn about various fuel and electricity sources that can be used to help clean up the air by moving away from fossil fuels.

Printed Copies
Printed copies of our various educational units are also available for those who do not wish to download and print their own copies. The price for each unit is $36 plus $3 postage per shipment.

How to obtain materials:
Materials from the lending library are only available to schools and organizations in the state of Florida. A fee to cover shipping, and a signed statement of responsibility are required at the time of shipment. The availability of kits varies. It is suggested that kits be reserved several months in advance of their intended dates of usage.

For questions, or for availability of specific resource material, please contact Penny Hall at penny@fsec.ucf.edu or by phone (321) 638-1018. Please state which kit(s) you are interested in and give a range of dates for their usage.


Educational Presentations

Agrivoltaics and Lego Low Impact Solar Farm

A Florida Fable “The Foreign Fuel”

Be the Change in the Messed up World | Rob Greenfield | TEDxIHEParis

Solar + Storage = Resiliency

Sustainable Orlando

My Path to an Energy Career

Sustainable Orlando

Lanes Without Limits — Mulberry High School Electrathon

Navigating the Food, Energy and Water Nexus

Explore the Lagoon (LIVE)

EnergyWhiz Students Taking Charge of Their Energy Future

Climate Change and What You Can Do

SunCatcher: KUA’s Solar Energy Education Trailer

Working Towards a Sustainable Future

Bike Composting


Rain Barrels: Build or Buy and How They Work



Green Sustainable Buildings


Touring UCF’s district energy plants

Recycle Brevard: Putting the 3Rs into Practice

Transportation Electrification Efforts in Florida

Climate Change and Solar Energy

Sustainable Transportation

Building a BioDigester and Feeding the Domestic Dragon



External Websites

Design a Renewable Future

Renewable Energy sources are easy to find, but using them to power cities and towns is far more complicated.  This site challenges you to sort through variables and design energy systems that meet demand and save the greatest amount of carbon emissions for the least amount of money.

Calculate Solar Power on Your Roof

The PVWatts Calculator estimates the energy production and cost of energy of grid-connected photovoltaic (PV) energy systems throughout the world. It allows homeowners, small building owners, installers and manufacturers to easily develop estimates of the performance of potential PV installations.

Water Use Calculator

Use this calculator to get an idea of how much water your household uses in a day, week, month, and year.

Climate Smart Florida

This site contains activities, lessons, and in-depth information about how climate change impacts Florida and what can be done.

Climate Change Haiku

What happens when a scientist picks up a paintbrush? A 2,000-page report is condensed into a beautiful (and concise) work of art. This all-time favorite Sightline article from 2013 is part poetry, part watercolor, and part powerful climate change talking points.

Brevard County’s Recycling Kids Corner

Learn about recycling from RC the Recycling Cat in a few short videos.

World Population Interactive Map

Learn about the impact of population growth and important milestones in human history and view other key data including land use, fertility rates, CO2 emissions, life expectancy, and urbanization.