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Welcome to Solar Ray's Wiki Page! We are a solar company which works to invent and
make new machines which harness solar energy and other kinds of alternative energy to
create electricity. This page is about our new invention, the Solar Sinker.

Big6:

Big6 #1: Task Definition

1.1 Define the information problem



We have to:
- Invent a machine that collects renewable energy
- Write 10 questions on the type of alternative energy you are using
- Do research
- Present on the day of presentation
- Create a scratch or glogster

Our Machine: The Solar powered hydro generator


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1.2 Identify the information needed




- What information do you need in order to do the assignment?
Your teacher will often tell you what information you need.
- If he or she does not, it will help to write a list of questions that you need to look up.

List of questions:
1: What is Solar power, and how does it work?

2: How do solar panels absorb the power?

3: How is Solar Power different from fossil fuels?

4: Why is the Solar Sinker more effective than a solar panel?

5: Why are Scientists researching alternative energy?

6: How is Solar Power different from the other alternative energy sources?

7: How much longer will the sun live?

8: If Earth was closer to the sun, would that effect us?

9: The Sun is a really big ball of gas, if so, how does it generate solar energy?

10: How much solar energy can the sun generate per year?

11: How does the Solar Sinker work?


2.1 Determine the range of possible sources


- Make a list of all the possible sources of information that will help you answer the questions you
wrote in Task Definition(Big6#1.1, 1.2). - Consider library books, encyclopedias, and web sites to
which your library subscribes (ask your librarian!),people who are experts in your subject, observation
of your subject, free web sites and surveys.

1) Wikipedia
2) Answers.com
3) Makezine.com
4) Solar Power-Technologies
5) Lego :D
6) Energy Kids.com
7) Solar Reviews.com




2.2 Evaluate the possible sources to determine priorities

- Look carefully at your list.
- Circle the sources that are available to you and easy for you to use.
(Try new sources, you might find some really fun facts. If there are some
new sources that you need help to use, ask your teacher, librarian, mom or dad.)

Big6 #3: Location & Access: Where can I find what I need?


3.1 Locate sources

- Figure out where you will get these sources.
- Beside each source, write its location. If it is a web site, list its web address.
- To save time, try to use web sites that your teacher or librarian have linked or bookmarked.
- If your source is a person, figure out how you will contact him or her and make a note of this.

Now, you will actually get the sources. You may have to get and use each source one at a time.
If so, come back to this step to locate each source.
Wikipedia
Solar Power.org
Energy Kids
Solar Reviews
Solar Reseach
Answers.com

3.2 Find information within sources

Now that you have the source in hand, how will you get to the information that you need to answer your questions?
(Remember the questions you wrote in Task Definition?) This all depends on the source.
- First, make a list of words that will help you find information in all of your sources. These are called keywords.
They are like synonyms and related words to your topic. You can find many of these in the questions you wrote in
Big6 Task Definition (Big6 #1.1, 1.2).
- Make a list of the sources of information you will use. Beside each one, write how you will locate the information you need.

Keywords:
Solar
Alternative energy
energy
invention
solar panel
sun

Source finding methods:

1) Wikipedia - search up articles related to our study
2) Answers.com - Type in questions
3) Makezine.com - Look for links to pages about solar energy
4) Solar Power Technologies - find ways to incorporate Solar Energy into our invention
5) Lego - experiment with sizes and shifting forms


Big6 #4: Use Of Information: What information can I use?

4.1 Engage the source


- You will need to read, listen or view your source.
If you can't understand any of your sources, ask an adult to help you.
It's OK not to understand something, but it's not OK to avoid asking for help.
- You may not need to read, listen to, or view all material in each book, article,
or website. You are looking for the specific information you need.
Read the first sentence in each paragraph to decide if that paragraph has
answers to your questions



4.2 Take out the relevant information from a source

Remember if you discover more questions while you are taking notes, it is OK to add them to your list.
-Why does the Solar Sinker use both Solar and Water energy?
A: So it can function at daytime and also at nighttime.
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Big6 #5: Synthesis: What can I make to finish the job?

5.1 Organize information from multiple sources


Decide how you will put together your notes and add your ideas and insights.

You may:

  • Write a rough draft
  • Build an outline
  • Create a storyboard
  • Draw a sketch

5.2 Present the information

If your teacher assigns the product:


  • Remember to follow the guidelines he/she gives.
  • Include your ideas along with the information you found in books, web sites, and other sources.
If you get to choose your final product:

  • Make sure you follow your teacher's guidelines.
  • Decide which product will best suit your subject.



Our questions and answers:

1: What is Solar power, and how does it work?A: Solar Power is energy from the sun. It is captured when photons in light hit certain materials, creating energy.
2: How do solar panels absorb the power?
A: Solar panels absorb photons from light and use their energy to create an electrical current.

3: How is Solar Power different from fossil fuels?
A: Solar power is a renewable energy source, and does not cause pollution of the atmosphere.

4: Why is the Solar Sinker more effective than a solar panel?
A: The Solar Sinker can function 24 hours, both at daytime and at nighttime. It is also portable.

5: Why are Scientists researching alternative energy?
A: Scientists are researching Alternative Energy because research shows that the amount of fossil fuels left in the earth won't last long, and they are trying to find an alternate energy source.

6: How is Solar Power different from the other alternative energy sources?
A: Solar power can actually run out, but it only runs out when the sun explodes.

7. How much longer will the sun live?A: The sun has about 7 billion years left of fusion materials in it, so it has a lifespan of about 7 billion more years.

8: If Earth was closer to the sun, would that effect us?
A: If the earth was so close to the sun that it came out of the "habitable zone", then the earth would dry up.

9: The Sun is a really big ball of gas, if so, how does it generate solar energy?
A: Inside the sun, Hydrogen atoms fuse to create Helium atoms, releasing a lot of energy in the process. All this energy is the heat and light you feel every day.

10: How much solar energy can the sun generate per year?
A: The sun provides 1000 kilowatts per hour per square meter in the United Kingdom. As you move closer to the equator, the amount of energy generated rises.

11. Why does the Solar Sinker use both Solar and Water energy?
A: So it can function at daytime and also at nighttime.



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