I feel that my Inquiry was success, even if the heater didn’t work as well as I thought it would. I think something I would do differently next time would be to try to get some different materials as well as Styrofoam to see how they work. I feel that solar could work for the school; it would just be a question of finding a way to raise money for the costs.
I have managed to build a solar heater, it is made out of Styrofoam, aluminium foil and black spray paint, it is cheap, and effective and under $20 to make. The solar heater can be made in half an hour and is very simple to make. How it works: when the sun shines onto the black painted area, the heat expands, and exits through the top vent, then the air cools, goes back though the bottom, heats up again, etc. the heater must be placed on a south facing window, but does not have to fill the entire window.
I have begun to work on my presentation for my inquiry, and have done some research on solar panels, such as their cost, how they generate energy, and weather they are better than gas boilers. I have yet to build my solar heater, but when I do I can use it to demonstrate how solar heating is an alternative to gas heating. I hope to use the solar heaters as a cheaper alternative to the schools current form of heating.
I have found that it would be too expensive to find and install solar panels for the school electricity. However I believe I have an alternative to heat the school, it is called a solar heater and I can make one out of downspouts. It works like this: It uses the downspouts (which are painted black ) to absorb heat and then a motor pushes the hot air into the building. It is made using wooden planks, a shower door, a 12 volt blower motor and black paint and can heat the school without the use of the gas boiler.