Arleta School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
151.20 - kilowatts

In 2015, the Portland General Electric Renewable Development Fund, comprised of contributions from PGE Renewable Power customers, in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Energy Trust of Oregon, installed over 1.2 MW of solar on the rooftops of six schools including a 151.2 kW solar array (see live system performance data) installed on Arleta School. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

Hosford Middle School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
186.60 - kilowatts

In 2015, the Portland General Electric Renewable Development Fund, comprised of contributions from PGE Renewable Power customers, in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Energy Trust of Oregon, installed over 1.2 MW of solar on the rooftops of six schools including a 186.6 kW solar array (see live performance data) installed on Hosford Middle School. By leveraging the BEF Solar... Read full project narrative >>

Friday Harbor Community Solar

Location:
Friday Harbor, WA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.90 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive a payback through production incentives. Lopez Island School is generating renewable solar energy through the community solar... Read full project narrative >>

Laurelhurst School - PGE

Location:
Portland, OR
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
108.90 - kilowatts

In 2015, the Portland General Electric Renewable Development Fund, comprised of contributions from PGE Renewable Power customers, in partnership with Portland Public Schools and Energy Trust of Oregon, installed over 1.2 MW of solar on the rooftops of six schools including a 108.9 kW solar array (see live performance data) installed on Laurelhurst school. By leveraging the BEF Solar 4R... Read full project narrative >>

Simple Solar Tracker

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0
Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
electronics
solar power
Engineering
engineering design process
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students observe and replicate a simple solar tracker. Students will learn basic electric circuits and terminology. Students will reflect on possible improvements for solar tracker. Students will reflect on how the engineering design process is used daily.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.7

Students will be shown a working example of a solar tracker and asked to replicate the design based on their observations. The design incorporates four solar cells arranged in two arrays with each array reverse biased such that they generate a voltage that opposes the other. Whichever array receives the most light will generate more voltage... View full description >>

Individual Independent Projects (Lesson 12, Culminating Lesson)

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0
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Individual projects
student research
solar energy
sun
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will plan, gather research materials and create a project of their choice. In doing so student will learn proper research methods (i.e., reliable sources) and how to categorize and translate information. In addition students will become comfortable and familiar presenting information to others. Lastly, students will also learn how to create a rubric for self evaluation.

The purpose of this lesson is to allow students to choose an area of interest regarding solar power and research it further in a manner of their choice. Students will produce a final product to display or share at the “Salute to the Sun” culminating event at the end of the school year. View full description >>

Build the Ultimate Solar Oven (Lesson 11)

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0
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Solar ovens
heat
thermal transfer
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: plan, sketch, design and build a new solar oven. In addition, students will be able to cook food with their solar oven.

The purpose of this lesson is to take everything the students have learned and experienced up to this point and use it to build their own Ultimate Solar Oven using items found at school, home, the Dollar store or home improvement store for under 5 dollars. This lesson can be used for the whole class, partners or individuals. View full description >>

Let’s Get Cooking! (Lesson 10)

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0
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar energy
energy transformation
Solar cooking
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

At the end of this lesson students will be able to: • Follow and prepare a recipe for cookies. • Learn to take and record oven temperature every 30 minutes using an infrared thermometer. • Evaluate the three ovens with a pros and cons list for each one after cooking. • Write one or two of their own questions. • Make suggestions for design changes.

The purpose of this lesson is to provide students with a hands-on experience using the sun to cook cornbread or cookies. Students will also learn to use an infrared thermometer. There is also an optional extension for the class or individual students to design and build the ultimate solar oven. View full description >>

Saving Lives with Solar Ovens (Lesson 4)

Average Rating:
0
Author:
Lisa Morgan
Intended Grade Level(s):
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
solar ovens and solar water purification.
Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will learn about different solar cooker designs and how they function. Students will learn the customs, jobs, food and clothing of people in different countries of Africa.

Students will be introduced to Solar Cookers International. Students will learn about different solar cooker designs and how they function. Students will learn the pros and cons on the use of solar ovens in developing countries. Students will gain an understanding of the kind of lives people lead in a refugee camp in Africa. They will gain an... View full description >>

Solar Car Challenge Part 8: Redesigning Your Solution & Results of the Design Process Activity

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0
Author:
Karen Nelson
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
Energy
electricity
solar
motion
Engineering
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

To introduce students to the problem that this project will attempt to solve: building a solar car that will go straight, far, and fast to win a race.

Students will play around with the solar car kits to familiarize themselves with the materials in preparation for the solar car engineering challenge. View full description >>

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