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Jackson Avenue Students Use iPads to Test Solar Energy

Mineola students test how fast they can heat soup with solar power.

Jackson Avenue teacher Vincent Interrante with a Mineola student at the Jackson Avenue School tests a solar experiment using an iPad in November 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Mineola School District
Jackson Avenue teacher Vincent Interrante with a Mineola student at the Jackson Avenue School tests a solar experiment using an iPad in November 2013. Photo credit: Courtesy Mineola School District
How easily can you heat up a can of soup using solar energy? Fourth-grade students in the Academically Gifted Program at the Jackson Avenue School in Mineola tackled this question and more utilizing their iPads in November.

Working collaboratively with a school in South Africa, students used their iPads to exchange information and estimate the use of the sun as a viable source of alternative energy. Students shared data through SkydrivePro, Office 365 and OneNote and designed and constructed a solar oven they thought would be able to not only convert the sun’s energy the fastest, but also heat up a can of tomato soup the quickest.

Using thermometers connected via Bluetooth to the iPads, students were able to record their data directly into the program and track their progress at heating the soup. Throughout the process, students could decide if they needed to alter the design of their oven for maximum results.

After more than an hour outside, students took their data back to the classroom for analysis and discussion with the students in South Africa on how it went.

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