Understanding Energy

For this installment of the HelioKids GATE Program, Jonah Liebes, Senior Vice President at HelioPower, presents: "Understanding Energy".

understanding energy for kidsWhat is energy? What are the different forms of energy? How can we use energy?

These were the questions we answered in this recent installment of the HelioKids GATE program. Jonah Liebes, Senior Vice President at HelioPower, presented “Understanding Energy” to fourth, fifth, and sixth graders of the GATE program at Maie Ellis Elementary School.

This class focused on the two main forms of energy in our daily lives. The kids discovered how Potential Energy is stored in batteries, in a bicyclist at the top of a hill, and in an archer’s bow in the form of an elastic stretch. The class also learned how electricity (which is the flow of electrons), can be explained as Kinetic Energy along with other moving forms of energy. Solar radiation is Kinetic by energy moving from one place to another.

As radiation flows from the sun and strikes the earth, it gets trapped by our atmosphere in what’s known as the Greenhouse Effect. The kids were able to get a hands-on demonstration similar to the Greenhouse Effect by building a solar oven out of a pizza box to make s’mores.

Our HelioKids program is a sponsorship by HelioPower to teach kids the basics of energy, solar power and electricity from industry experts. To learn more about our program, please visit our page here.

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