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.
Student activity from the University Corporation for Atmospheric Research (UCAR) about the greenhouse effect on Earth in comparison to that on Venus and Mars.