Solar Power Studies

RAHWAY — Students in Susan Rubino’s third grade Gifted and Talented Class at Roosevelt School in Rahway think the sun’s energy can be cool.

For the past six weeks her students have been learning about renewable energy. After learning solar basics, they discovered this energy could be converted into other forms of energy, such as heat and electricity. They built pizza box solar ovens (a device that absorbs sunlight to collect heat) to cook food. They constructed solar toys using K’Nex and Build it Yourself Robot Kits.


They also experimented with Solar Beads or UV Beads. These beads change color because of the ultra violet rays of the sun. They experimented to determine the effectiveness of sunscreen lotions in blocking the sun’s ultraviolet (UV) radiation using the UV Beads.  They also evaluated the amount of UVA penetration when using sunscreens with different sun protection factors (SPF).

Rowena Songcuan and Tianna Lee are pictured with solar ovens.

Chris Sanders built a solar copter car using K’Nex

Marcel Leach and Billie Kluse tested sun block lotion on solar beads

Lee’Shae Lawson and Marcel Leach built a solar flyer using K’Nex

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