Mini Solar Houses Unit

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Author:
Beverly Satterwhite
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
solar energy
current
voltage
photovoltaics
seasonality
Circuitry
energy transformations
Energy Storage
mini-houses
design challenge
photovoltaic installation
Estimated Activity Length:
8 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will understand how to use an Azimuth finder to determine the direction and altitude that solar modules will face.
2. Students will learn how to describe why a solar module is pitched at a particular angle.
3. Students will understand how to measure the voltage and current for an electrical energy source.
4. Students will learn how to build a circuit that will light a light bulb with a switch and without a switch.
5. Students will understand that the electricity flows through a circuit from an energy source to a load.
6. Students will understand the difference between open and closed circuits.
7. Students will understand the similarities and differences between solar cells and batteries as an energy source.
8. Students will understand how electricity flows through a circuit (from energy sources to loads) with more than one source and more than one load.
9. Students will understand how to build series and parallel circuit and the characteristics of each.
10. Students will learn to power both a light and a fan.
11. Students will learn how to find a fault in a circuit.
12. Students will understand that the electricity flows through a circuit from an energy source to a load.
13. Students will understand the difference between open and closed circuits.
14. Students will identify the causes and solutions to various complications that arise in the construction of circuits.
15. Students will use the design process to create a roof to hold an adequate number of solar modules to power an LED and a fan.
16. Students will understand how to make a geometric net (a 2D drawing that when folded creates a 3D shape) for designing a roof.

In Lesson 1, the lesson focuses on understanding how the angle and orientation affect the amount of energy that is generated through use of a solar cell. Paper azimuth finders, Keva Planks, and multimeters will be used in order for students to draw conclusions about the optimal placement of a solar cell. This lesson will prepare students for... View full description >>