Lesson 4: Research and Evaluate the Impact on the Environment and Society of Converting Natural Resources into PV Cells

Solar Cell Manufacture
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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Photovoltaic Cells
Silicon
climate change
natural resources
Estimated Activity Length:
6 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will evaluate information to describe the impact on society from resource extraction and materials-processing for PV cells.

2. Students will communicate their understandings of different impacts from converting natural resources into PV cells through participation in a Socratic Seminar. 

Students will engage in guided research to explore resource acquisition, material processing, and electricity generation associated

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Lesson 3: Fuels and PV Cells

Fuel Inquiry Poster
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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
fuels
combustion reactions
PV effect
model
circuits
conservation of mass
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students explore the conservation of mass in chemical reactions by observing and modeling combustion reactions and exploring the essential question/phenomena, “is all fire the same?”

  2. Students will use information resources and a 3D model of a PV cell to understand how solar modules generate electricity. “How do PV cells make electricity?”

  1. Students will construct circuits to explore PV modules and variables involved in powering devices.

  2. Students evaluate, revise, and justify the energy resources suggested on an emergency preparedness supply list. 

Students will return to the phenomena of energy resources to support safety, health, and comfort in an emergency situation. They will distinguish between how common materials provide energy and develop an

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Lesson 2: Developing a Model of Thermal Energy, Atoms, and Molecules

Dye in Water
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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Chemistry
Atomic Structure
Molecular Structure
Thermal Kinetic Energy
Estimated Activity Length:
9 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will develop a model through collaborative inquiry to explain thermal kinetic energy and predict the outcome when heat is added to a substance.

  2. Students will build argumentation from evidence skills through collaborative sense-making and gallery walk presentations.

  3. Students will develop a model of atomic and molecular structures.

 

Through a series of exploration and inquiry activities, students will explain kinetic molecular theory, atomic, and molecular structures. Students will be challenged to gradually increase the precision of

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Lesson 1: When the Grid Goes Down and Stays Down

Puerto Rico Power
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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 20 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will understand the general structure of an energy grid

  2. Students will develop an understanding of the living conditions in Puerto Rico after Hurricane Maria

  3. Students will collaborate to brainstorm needs to support safety, health and comfort in a natural disaster setting.

  4. Students will identify energy resources that one might desire to have in order meet the needs they identify. 

Through an examination of media published in the five months following Hurricane Maria in 2017, students will develop an understanding of the electrical grid, the vulnerabilities of a grid system, and the

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Unit Plan

Hot Pack
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Author:
Melody Childers
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
atomic and molecular structure
circuits
thermal energy
PV cells
Engineering
design
inquiry
Chemistry
natural resources
conservation of mass
energy transformations
models
combustion
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):
  1. To build empathy for people in emergency situations and an understanding of how access to energy resources can increase one’s safety, health, and comfort.

  2. To understand the nature of a variety of energy needs and how different applications have different optimal solutions.

  3. To develop models to explain the molecular and extended structures of energy resources, including how the resources change when energy is generated (Electron movement in PV cells, combustion reactions in fuel).

  4. To understand that the properties of substances depends upon the atomic / molecular structure, which changes with chemical reactions.

  5. To build a circuit that includes a solar module and measure the voltage and current.

  6. To gather and evaluate information to describe the impact on society of converting natural resources into PV cells.

  7. To design, build and test a device that uses a chemical reaction to generate or absorb thermal energy.

  8. Evaluate and revise a plan for the energy resources one should store to prepare for a natural disaster. 

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.WHST.1
6-8.WHST.1.b
6-8.WHST.2
6-8.WHST.9

Students develop atomic and molecular models of energy resources, analyze combustion of various fuels and build circuits with Photovolatic (PV) modules to evaluate and suggest revisions to a disaster

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Cascade Schools

Location:
Cascade, ID
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
3.85 - kilowatts

This project was made possible in partnership with Idaho Power’s Solar 4R School’s Program through contributions from customers of the Green Power Program. Cascades School is a K-12 district located in Cascade, ID with the mission to inspire all students to reach their maximum potential, become lifelong learners, and be contributing, responsible citizens.

Clean energy topics and science kit materials will support new ideas in... Read full project narrative >>

St. Mary's School Boise

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

This project was made possible in partnership with Idaho Power’s Solar 4R School’s Program through contributions from customers of the Green Power Program. St. Mary’s School is a K-8 school located in Boise, ID with the mission to provide a Catholic environment that instills academic excellence while preparing the whole child for life-long personal and spiritual growth, empowering them to become global citizens. St. Mary’s School is committed to... Read full project narrative >>

Oregon Paleo Lands Institute

Location:
Fossil, OR
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
2.75 - kilowatts

Completed in 2018, this 2.75 kW roof top solar photovoltaic system generates an estimated 3,900 kWh of clean, renewable energy each year. A total of 10 panels provide the equivalent to powering about 7,000 miles of car travel per year. Oregon Paleo Lands Institute is committed to sustainability, renewable energy, and resource conservation education for our community. See live production data for real time solar generation. Read full project narrative >>

Klamath County Educators' Workshop

Location:
Klamath, OR
Grade Level:
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
4,000.00 - kilowatts

OneEnergy Renewables completed a total of 4 MW of solar Euwana I & II Solar projects in Klamath Falls, Oregon.  In association with this utility-scale solar development project, installation, OneEnergy provided funding to BEF to help local schools leverage the project as a place-based learning tool for students in the area. Many of the Klamath County School District schools are within close proximity to the Euwana I & II Solar project sites.
 

In April of 2016, CE provided a regional workshop at Mazama High School for 14 teachers from 8 different schools in Klamath... Read full project narrative >>

Polk County Energy Leaders

Educators experiment with power grid model
Location:
Willamina, OR
Grade Level:
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
3,000.00 - kilowatts

Polk County Renewable Leaders links teachers, students and a local utility-scale solar array through a series teacher professional development (PD) workshops designed to augment environmental science, STEM and CTE programs with renewable energy content, science kits & leadership support over a three-year period. Teacher leaders were selected by Districts and participated in renewable energy workshops, curriculum development and leadership skills training labs. The teacher leaders will in turn provide additional support and serve as leaders in this new content area in their districts... Read full project narrative >>

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