Photovoltaic Solutions "Shark-Tank Style" (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
STEM
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will use data and mathematics to design a solution for using PV technology in the transportation sector.
2. Students will create a presentation with visuals and specs outlining their proposed solution.
3. Students will present and attempt to “sell” their products to a panel of judges.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.8
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, the students will take their knowledge gained in the previous activities to innovate design solutions that will allow PV technology to plan an increased role in the transportation sector. The

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Designing a Solar Charger (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Amperage
voltage
electricity
Power
Energy Storage
Battery charging
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will explore the role of series and parallel wiring as they pertain to voltage and amperage.
2. Students will explore the processes involved with charging batteries and relate these processes to voltage and amperage.
3. Students will test photovoltaic modules to identify voltage and amperage outputs.
4. Students will design a system of wiring 3 V, 1.5 A modules together as a means to charge a
12 V lead-acid battery
5. Students will predict and test the effectiveness of their designed solar charger.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.6
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, students will further explore the potential and challenges related to using photovoltaics to supplement the power needed to charge batteries in BEVs. Students will be provided with a 12 V lead

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Can Portable PV Charge Vehicles? (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Amperage
voltage
electricity
Power
Energy Storage
Battery charging
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will explore the role of series and parallel wiring as they pertain to voltage and amperage.
  2. Students will explore the processes involved with charging batteries and relate these processes to voltage and amperage.
  3. Students will test photovoltaic modules to identify voltage and amperage outputs.
  4. Students will calculate, using data from field tests, the maximum power that can be produced using photovoltaics within the constraints of a typical passenger vehicle’s surface area.
  5. Students will calculate charging times using various PV array power ratings.
Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, students will begin to explore the potential and challenges related to using photovoltaics to supplement the power needed to charge batteries in BEVs. Students will test a variety of wiring options related to series and parallel wiring. Once students have grasped the basics, they will measure the surface area of a passenger... View full description >>

Designing a Solar Phone Charger (Lesson 7)

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Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy Fundamentals
electrical circuits
efficiency
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will be able to design a device that can charge a phone with 4 hours of sun a day.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to support their design – i.e. the data will show that the unit will produce enough energy to charge a phone given it receives 4 hours of sun
a day.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies of their circuit to others tested in this unit.
5. Students can calculate how much energy 4 hours of sunlight can produce on the solar
modules they will use.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
N.Q .1
N.Q .2

This is the culminating activity for the unit “Off the Grid.” Students will be given some restricted parameters around which to design a solar powered battery operated phone (or other USB device) charger

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Illuminate Me: Merging Conductive Sewing, Technology, and Solar Power

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Author:
Kristy Schneider
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
Conductive Thread
solar energy
Wearable technologies
Programming
Arduino
Battery charging
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will design and sew a wearable circuit using conductive thread. 2. Students will program a wearable microcontroller to light up garment with bright LEDs. 3. Students will incorporate solar power into a wearable garment project by recharging NiMH batteries for a renewable energy battery pack. 4. Students will apply knowledge of circuitry and energy transfer to maximize design.

Light up your clothing using solar power! For this unit, students will attach thin, flexible solar modules to a bike helmet and recharge NiMH rechargeable batteries for a renewable energy battery pack. The rechargeable batteries will be used to light up bright LEDs via conductive thread and a programmed microcontroller. ... View full description >>

Solar Battery Charging

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Author:
Luke Robbins
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Physical science
physics
Earth Science
Integrated Science
Environmental Science
Chemistry
series circuit
parallel circuit
current
resistance
voltage
diodes
polarity
Estimated Activity Length:
9 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will build series, parallel, and parallel series circuits from a schematic diagram. Students will master the basic concept of battery charging. Students will be able to plan and build solar battery chargers for a given battery system. Intermediate students will calculate time to charge a depleted battery to its full capacity given specifications of a solar module. Students will be able to explain how a solar cell works with diagrams and words. Students will use a digital multi-meter to measure voltage, current, resistance, and diode polarity.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.7
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.4

Students will become familiar with circuits, cells, batteries, and photovoltaic cells, then plan, build, test, modify, and re-test a small solar battery charger designed to maintain batteries from a

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Integrating Solar Power (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will create voltage regulator and construct a solar battery charger.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

At this point students should have a working robotic sunflower that will track the sun with 2 degrees of freedom. This next lesson powers the whole system with a photovoltaic module. A Zener diode is used to charge a 6V motorcycle battery which then supplies a voltage regulator which in turn supplies the 5V needed by the microprocessor. View full description >>

Dual Axis Light Tracking (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will create a solar tracker with two degrees of freedom.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

Students will take the previous lesson and apply them in creating a light tracker with two degrees of freedom. The axis of rotation will be about the horizontal and vertical. Teams will have everything they need to make this build work. They have already created a tracker with one degree of freedom, so adding a second is a matter of replication... View full description >>

Creating a Light-tracking Servo (Lesson 3)

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will synthesize the previous lesson for light metering and servo control to design a servo controlled by two photoresistors that will track a light source.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
9-10.RST.3
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

Students will learn how to program the Basic Stamp to use information from two photoresistors to point a servo at a light source. This will be the first degree of freedom for the flower head. View full description >>

Controlling a Servo (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Pat Blount
Intended Grade Level(s):
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
electronics
computer science
applied physics
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to apply the pulse width modulation to a servo from a Basic Stamp. Students will synthesize two circuit designs using one to control the other through the Basic Stamp.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.7
11-12.RST.9

In this lesson students will learn how to control a servo using the Basic Stamp. Then students will combine the photoresistor from the previous lesson with the servo to create a light controlled servo. View full description >>

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