STEM Unraveled - What Are Power Sources?



In your September STEM kit, you'll be learning all about something we use every single day - power! Do you know about the different types of power sources that we have? Let's learn about them!


Have you ever heard of renewable energy? Renewable energy is clean energy that doesn’t run out, like the sun! Using renewable energy is also better for the environment because it doesn’t cause pollution, or produce waste! Using energy from the sun to power something is also called solar power and it’s the most environmentally friendly power source. You capture solar power with solar panels. Sunlight is caught by the solar panels and converted into usable electricity by the inverter. This can then be used to power appliances in your home directly or stored in a battery for use later when the sun is not shining.


Another power source is water, which is also called hydropower! By building a dam or barrier, a large reservoir can be used to create a controlled flow of water that will drive a turbine, generating electricity. In September’s GIGIL STEM Kit, you can learn more about water power by building your own water wheel!


Did you know we can get power from the wind?! Wind power describes the process of wind being used to generate power or electricity. Wind turbines convert the energy of wind into mechanical power. You can experiment hands-on with wind power with activities in our Power Sources STEM Kit!


If you could power your house with renewable energy, what would you choose - solar power, hydropower, or wind power? Comment your answer below!



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