Cost Effective Solar Cells: Unique Solar Cell Engineering Report

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will format solar cell data into tables and graphs
  2. Students will draw conclusions based on testing data
  3. Students will construct an engineering report in a research poster format

This lesson is designed to be completed in three 80-minute sections. The teacher will have students write their engineering reports with the following sections: Introduction (taken from Lesson #10), Design (incorporating the model from Lesson #10), Methods, Results, and Discussion. The teacher has students design research posters for a... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Construction Progress and Obstacles

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will present construction progress and project obstacles

This lesson is designed to be completed in one 80-minute section. The teacher will facilitate 3-4 groups as they share their construction progress and obstacles. Students will share individual results in a fishbowl setting and will participate in providing warm and cool feedback. Teachers should assign students to heterogenous groups, so... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Unique Solar Cell Construction & Testing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
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Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will construct their unique solar cells
  2. Students will test unique solar cells
  3. Students will revise procedures based on solar cell testing results
  4. Students will re-build and re-test solar cells

This lesson is designed to be completed in four 80-minute sections. The teacher will facilitate the construction of unique solar cells for student projects. General chemistry equipment and fabrication equipment will be needed for student construction and testing. The teacher will facilitate student note-taking and celebrating failures. The... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Unique Solar Cell Model Sketch and Presentation

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will sketch 2D or 3D models of their proposed solar cells
  2. Students will present their unique solar cell design ideas and sketches of their solar cells

This lesson is designed to be completed in two 80-minute sections. The teacher will facilitate brief class presentations on the unique solar cell models. Teachers will model and encourage students to provide warm and cool feedback to the presenters, propelling projects forward.

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Researching Chemicals and Materials for Solar Cell Construction

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will research chemicals, materials and procedures for their own solar cell designs
  2. Students will write an introduction to the problem, including criteria, constraints, and solar cell concepts
  3. Students will research and write a rough materials and procedure for the solar cell
  4. Students will research and describe their solar cell designs.

This lesson is designed to be completed in three 80-minute sections. The teacher will facilitate student research on solar cell designs centering around the engineering problem: How can we make a cheaper, cleaner or more efficient solar cell? Teachers should encourage students easy-to-obtain materials either found already in the Chemistry... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Solar Cell Manufacturing Field Trip and/or Guest Speaker

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will visit a solar cell or silicon manufacturing facility and/or engage with guest speakers.
  2. Students will learn more detailed solar cell principles and manufacturing techniques involved in solar cell construction.

This lesson is designed to be completed in two 80-minute sections. The teacher will facilitate a field trip to a nearby silicon manufacturing facility, solar panel manufacturing facility, or other semiconductor facility. These facilities often require long advance notice and time is needed to work through school district field trip... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Titanium Dioxide Raspberry Solar Cell Data Sharing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will collect and analyze titanium dioxide coated “raspberry juice” solar cell data.
  2. Students will discuss results and draw conclusions about variables that may affect power generation.

This lesson is designed to be completed in one 80-minute section. The teacher will facilitate the sharing of student titanium dioxide solar cell results with emphasis on variables during data collection.

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Cost Effective Solar Cells: Titanium Dioxide Solar Cell Construction and Testing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will construct titanium dioxide coated “raspberry juice” solar cells
  2. Students will test titanium dioxide coated “raspberry juice” solar cells under various conditions

 

This lesson is designed to be completed in two 80-minute sections. The teacher will show a basic procedure and video. The teacher will facilitate the construction of Organic Dye-Sensitized solar cells on coated glass plates with Titanium Dioxide. A fume hood with outlets for electric hot plates must be used for the first part of the... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Copper Oxide Cell Data Sharing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will share and analyze oxidized copper sheet solar cell data

This lesson is designed to be completed in one 40-minute section. The teacher will facilitate the sharing of student solar cell data from indoor and outdoor testing through a gallery walk session. Variables such as lighting, photovoltaic effect, copper properties, salt water, and circuits should be discussed. Teachers will guide students in... View full description >>

Cost Effective Solar Cells: Copper Oxide Solar Cell Construction and Testing

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Intended Grade Level(s):
9-12
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will construct an oxidized copper sheet solar cell

  2. Students will test an oxidized copper sheet solar cell for voltage and current

This lesson is designed to be completed in one 80-minute section, but can be done in two 40-minute sections. The teacher will facilitate student construction of copper oxide plates with electric burners or

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