STEMvironment-Friday: Energy House

STEMvironment-Friday: Energy House

This week students used various materials to insulate a cardboard house and then test its efficiency. students will explore concepts of energy involving efficiency and conservation.  Students practiced engineering and science principles through hands-on building and testing.  Today students analyzed the changes they made to their house to see if they improved the energy efficiency, then shared their houses with the group.

At the conclusion of today your students each were given a peat pellet and a sunflower seed (like the boy in Seuss’s The Lorax) with instructions on how to germinate it. We urge you all to plant it and transplant it outdoors!

  1. Set the pellet inside a small tray to keep it upright.
  2. Add an inch of water into the tray.
  3. It could take 30-60 minutes for the pellet to fully absorb the water and expand to a height of 3 inches.
  4. Empty excess water and plant the pellet in a seedling pot.
  5. Plant two seeds in the pellet, in case one doesn’t germinate.
  6. Cover with plastic to keep moisture in. It won’t require additional watering until the seeds sprout or until the pellet surface begins to dry out.
  7. Place near a sunlit window as they require 6-8 hours of light daily.
  8. Once the first seedling emerges, remove the plastic and apply basic care.
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