Solar Pinhole Projector STEM Challenge

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Solar Pinhole Projector STEM Challenge

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Subjects: Engineering Design, Physical Science, Earth Science

Grades: 5th - 12th 

Resource Type: Stage 2, Engineering Design Challenge

Teaching Duration: 2 hours

Total Pages: 35

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Just in time to prepare for the Great American Solar Eclipse! Students are on a mission to build a viewer that will allow them to see the solar eclipse or other bright lights without damaging their eyes. Given the knowledge of how a pinhole viewer works, students must design, build, and test a viewer to complete the challenge. 

This design challenge that allows students to work in teams, apply the engineering design process, and connect science topics to real-world applications. The teacher will provide the structure to the project, but students will take an active role in designing and building their own pinhole projectors. 

This packet includes:
- Detailed educator guide with links to resources
- Student handouts including a Solar and Lunar Eclipse information sheet, elipse picture comparison and vocab sheet, and pinhole projection science handout
- Student recording packet for each step of the engineering design process
- Reflection questions

BONUS CONTENT:
Plan and execute your own Solar Eclipse viewing party with the included planning and activity guide. Banners, activity notes, instructions, and fact sheets are included for 3 activity stations: ultraviolet light sensor making, pinhole projectors, and solar eclipse art! Find even more tips and resources about preparing for the Solar Eclipse on our blog: STEM Solar Eclipse Blog Post