Vallivue Educator Workshop

Location:
Caldwelli, ID
Grade Level:
6-8
PV System Size:
3.96 - kilowatts

On September 24 2019 11 educators from Vallivue MS in Caldwell, ID came together to explore renewable energy concepts through inquiry and hands on investigation. The day began with CE providing educators with a context of the advanced energy economy and career opportunities available to their students. Educators then engaged in a mini science inquiry unit exploring solar circuitry phenomena through best practice inquiry techniques, including modeling, hands-on investigation and English language integration. Idaho Power then provided a presentation on local issues in energy, exploring Idaho... Read full project narrative >>

Snohomish PUD Microgrid Education

Location:
Everett, WA
Grade Level:
PK-12
Technology Type:

This workshop, funded through BPA in partnership with Snohomish PUD, was an effort to reach teachers in the vicinity of the new Arlington Microgrid Project, completed by the utility in 2019. This microgrid is intended to serve as an educational tool for the surrounding area, having an educational center scheduled to be completed in 2020 to allow for site visits by the general public.  This two-day engagement took place on July 25 and 26, 2019, reaching 20 teachers from 14 different schools.

On day one, teachers focused primarily on acquiring content background, engaging in a series... Read full project narrative >>

Clean Energy Denton Educator Workshop

Location:
Denton, TX
Grade Level:
3-6
On August 2, 2019 11 educators from Denton ISD came together to explore renewable energy concepts through inquiry and hands on investigation. The workshop was hosted by the City of Denton’s Sustainability Office at the Central Library.
The day began with CE providing educators with a context of the advanced energy economy and career opportunities available to their students. Educators then engaged in a mini science inquiry unit exploring solar circuitry phenomena through best practice inquiry techniques, including modeling, and hands-on investigation. The City of Denton then... Read full project narrative >>

Hampton City Schools 2019 Renewable Energy And Materials Science Workshop Series

Location:
Hampton, VA
Grade Level:
3-12

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Evansville has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  CE co-planned with workshop with Hampton City Schools in order to align with their new 2018 Virginia Science Standards of Learning and provide a launchpad for their summer curriculum planning.

Two separate groups of teachers attended on June 17 and June 18, 2019. The first day of... Read full project narrative >>

Arkadelphia Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering Deep Dives

Location:
Arkadelphia, AR
Grade Level:
2-8

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Evansville has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  As it is the second round of delivery for this region, a focus on expanding the initial impact was made and the workshop was extended to two days.  CE co-planned with workshop with the district to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and hands-on... Read full project narrative >>

Springdale Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering Deep Dives

Location:
Springdale, AR
Grade Level:
6

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Evansville has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  As it is the second round of delivery for this region, a focus on expanding the initial impact was made and the workshop was extended to two days.  CE co-planned with workshop with the district to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and hands-on... Read full project narrative >>

Evansville Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering Deep Dive

Location:
Evansville, IN
Grade Level:
6-8

This project was made possible with funding from the Arconic Foundation. Arconic Foundation’s mission is to support non-profit partners who advance STEM Education and Workforce Development in Arconic communities. This is the second time that Evansville has been a location for an Arconic workshop with CE.  As it is the second round of delivery for this region, a focus on expanding the initial impact was made and the workshop was extended to two days.  CE co-planned with workshop with the district to get a sense of how the initial workshop had impacted their curriculum and hands-on... Read full project narrative >>

Klamath Clean Energy Educator Workshop

Location:
Klamath Falls, OR
Grade Level:
6-12

Cypress Creek Renewables provided funding to BEF for a one-day clean energy science educator workshop in April 2019. attended by very Middle School/Jr. High in Klamath County.
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Solar Mobile Design Challenge - Construction

Solar Mobile
Average Rating:
0
Intended Grade Level(s):
6-8
Subject Area(s) Covered:
engineering design process
Solar design
Circuit design
Estimated Activity Length:
6 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students brainstorm ideas and share with their group.
  1. Students draw and label Solar Mobile designs in Engineering Notebooks.

  2. Students research an aircraft to trace (if this was not accomplished in the Center of Gravity lesson) and trace the aircraft outline onto foam board.

  3. Students construct a solar circuit to power motors and propellers on a foam board aircraft and test multiple times before adding to the solar mobile stand.

  4. Students construct solar mobile stand and add their aircraft to a dowel attached to the central hub.

  5. Students work with a partner to balance each aircraft onto the mobile.

  6. Students test the mobile speed outside (depending on weather) and compare to speed under indoor light stands.

  7. After initial testing, students redesign circuits or mobile construction to optimize design.

  8. Students use hand-held devices to film their moving Mobiles to judge the machine’s speed.

  9. Students demonstrate how their Solar Mobile works and justify in writing why their mobile should be chosen for the Children’s Technology Museum. 

This is the culminating hands-on project for the Solar Mobile Design Challenge Lessons, with construction aligned to an engineering design process. Students start by

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Light Source Efficiency: Exploring Irradiance

Solar Mobile
Average Rating:
0
Intended Grade Level(s):
6-8
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electromagnetic radiation
Irradiance
Pyranometer
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Using a Vernier Pyranometer, students will measure electromagnetic radiation in watts per square meter (W/m2 ).

  2. Students will compare Sunlight irradiance with various indoor lighting options.

  3. Students will make a recommendation as to the optimum indoor lighting for powering solar panels. 

This lesson explores the concept of irradiance by having students use a Vernier Pryanometer. Using the “Light Source Efficiency” worksheet

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