Eclipse Day Fun: Energy Card Game

Eclipse Day Fun: Energy Card Game


So next up we’re going to demonstrate a
short activity that really allows you to get into the depth of how dependent we
are on the Sun and how important it is for our everyday life. This activity
comes from the Night Sky Network and was created by the Astronomical Society of
the Pacific it’s a great way of having people really think critically about the
source of their energy where does their electricity come from where does their
food come from. I find this to be particularly interesting when working
with young adults and teenagers – people who may not yet be attuned to where the
power for their cell phones come from for example electricity doesn’t just
magically arrive in a wall outlet it has to be generated from somewhere. So this
activity begins with every participant receiving a card so on the front of
every card there is a picture and a description word and on the back of
every card there is a short explanation of that particular item. This card for
example reads corn. Through the process of photosynthesis I convert energy from
the Sun into energy stored in my cells. So the goal of this game is that every
participant has one of these cards and uses them to find their source of energy
so everybody receives one of these holding them above high above their
heads so as everybody can see the pictures and the descriptions on them
and moves around and speaks with everybody else in the group trying to
identify their source of energy so in this case somebody having the cereal
card would be seeking out the corn so the cereal card reads “I’m a plant based
food I have stored energy from the plants” and in parentheses corn used to
make me so that means that corn is a source of energy for a cereal this
extends across many different areas cards that are food-related
there’s cards that are electricity related cards that describe how
petroleum is produced for automobiles the idea here is that
everybody works as a team to try and find their source of energy and some of those energies will have multiple offshoots
towards the end of their chains once everybody has identified what their
source of energy is have everybody arrange themselves as they fan out
away from the Sun the cheat for this is that the Sun is the center of all of
these energy chains so putting the Sun at the center and allowing all of the
energy chains to fan out from the Sun will really help to demonstrate this. Have
everybody lay their cards down on the on the floor and have them study the
different chains of energy around the entire system. This not only is a great
icebreaker activity as it forces people to interact with each other it also is a
great conversation starter if you’re having any kind of conversations about
energy or about the Sun renewable energy is another topic that bridges both of
these depending on your audience sometimes it’s best to allow the
audience to lead the discussion for some this might just be a reminder of where
our energy comes from and helping them to remember to be slightly more
conscientious about their energy usage for others this might be a whole new
piece of information for them and they may be seeing this for the very first
time asking questions such as what you notice? what surprises you? what were you not expecting? they’re good conversation starters having people also take note of
the length of energy chains can make for some interesting conversation. If you
plan to do this activity more than once we recommend that you try to laminate
the cards this will make sure that they stay clean and robust if you plan on
doing this just the ones perhaps printing these on heavy paper or
cardboard would do a good job as well. We do recommend that you print them in
large format as smaller cards will be more difficult to see across a group but
ultimately this is really just a great game to have fun with and to allow
participants to explore it is important to do some homework in advance if you
have less than 30 participants so the full set of cards is 30 cards but if you
have fewer than 30 you need to make sure that your energy chains will be complete
so make sure that you pick the energy chains that start at the Sun and each
step is included you don’t want to leave out a critical step and have somebody
without an energy source. We really hope that you enjoyed our webcast this month
and are starting to realize how all of these different
pieces come together in the single field of solar physics as we get ever closer
to the total solar eclipse it’s a great time to get in touch with us with your questions if you have any questions about contents that we’ve already covered or anything that you would like to see us cover please get in touch you can email us at [email protected] you can find us on facebook at www.Fac book.com/Nationa SolarObservatory on Twitter our twitter handle [email protected] and on Instagram we’re @NationalSolarObservatory Don’t forget to subscribe so as you get notifications of upcoming webcasts and we look forward to seeing you again next month!

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