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In this activity, students use a plastic soda bottle to make and test the temperature of a bottle ‘greenhouse’ and demonstrate how light energy is transformed into heat energy.

By the end of this activity, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate how light energy is transformed into heat energy
  • explain how this activity is an example of the law of energy conservation.

Download the Word file (see link below) for:

  • introduction/background notes
  • what you need
  • what to do
  • discussion questions
  • extension idea.

Useful links

More information about the greenhouse effect on Earth in comparison to that on Venus and Mars.
www.ucar.edu/learn/1_3_1.htm

    Published 10 June 2008, Updated 5 June 2014 Referencing Hub articles