Graphing: We worked on graphing the average temperature's and distances of the planets in our solar systems. Not surprising the further away the planets are from the sun the cooler they get. Except for Venus and the furthest planets Uranus and Neptune, Venus suffers from a bad case of greenhouse effect bringing its average temperature to 482 degrees Celsius. Temperatures level off around Uranus and Neptune at -193 degrees Celsius because the sun's heat is no longer affecting their temperature.
Hands On: Next we moved on to learning about how to read an utility bill and figure out the different calculations one finds on their bill. Comparing our water bill to an average home of six, we found we love our hot baths and showers.
Experiment! Using these nifty little beads:
Reading: While we were waiting for our experiment, we finished reading The Kids' Solar Energy Book learning about Active and Passive Solar Systems as well as Solar Cells.
Construction: Wanting to build something new with their Solar Power Kits, E-R and I-E went to work.
Writing: Compare Active Solar Systems to Passive Solar Systems
Be sure to check out Day One of Solar Science Week as well as Day Three and Day Four
and cross your fingers that tomorrow will bring sunny weather our way.