Thomas Jefferson Middle School

play structure with electricians
Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.75 - kilowatts

Thanks to support from Clark Public Utilities Green Lights Customers, Solar 4R Schools managed the installation of a 12 kW solar photovoltaic system on Thomas Jefferson Middle School's play structure to supply the school with clean, renewable energy and a real-world learning opportunity. Educators at the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training from Solar 4R Schools in 2016, complete with hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. A total of 15 teachers... Read full project narrative >>

Solar Battery Charging

Lead Acid Battery
Average Rating:
0
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.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
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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Variables Affecting Solar Power (Lesson 6)

Solar Circuit
Average Rating:
0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
electricity
photovoltaic cell
current
voltage
Energy
Power
hypothesis
variables
investigation
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to identify and explain at least three variables that effect the efficiency of photovoltaic cells • Students will conduct a scientific investigation to determine which photovoltaic cell configuration will generate the most power.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.RST.3

Students will plan and condict an investigation into solar photovoltaic technologies to determine what variables affect the output of panels. They will calculate and compare their exploration of solar panels to their previous investigation of wind turbines in the last

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Variables Affecting Wind Turbine Power (Lesson 5)

US DOE WInd Turbines
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0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
energy generation
wind turbine
voltage
current
Power
investigation
generator
variables
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to identify and explain at least three variables that affect the efficiency of wind turbines • Students will conduct a scientific investigation to determine which wind turbine configuration will generate the most power

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.RST.3

Now that students are familiar with how mechanical electricity generation works, they will build a wind turbine powered by a box fan. Different teams will test different turbine variables to see how the

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Three Ways to Generate Electricity (Lesson 4)

Magnetic Field Filings
Average Rating:
0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy generation
magnetic fields
hypothesis
energy transformations
circuit
photovoltaic cell
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to: • Detect the relative strength of magnetic fields at different distances from a magnet • Explain the energy transformations occurring in each part of a circuit • Identify three different methods for generating electricity

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.RST.3
6-8.RST.4

This lesson gives students hands-on experiences with the attraction and repulsion of magnets including experiments with how the strength of attraction and repulsion varies with distance. Students see how

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How much energy do YOU use? (Lesson 3)

Kill-A-Watt_Meter
Average Rating:
0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Power
Energy
electricity
Watt
Kilowatt
Kilowatt-hour
energy consumption
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to: • Explain the difference between power and energy • Proficiently use a “Kill-A-Watt” meter to determine the power and total energy usage of everyday devices • Compare the total energy used by common household devices • Brainstorm different ways we can conserve electrical energy

Students will learn the difference between energy and power. They will then use this new understanding to compare the energy and power difference of light bulbs (incandescent, halogen, fluorescent, and LED)

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Introduction to Circuits (Lesson 2)

Simple Circuit
Average Rating:
0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
series circuit
parallel circuit
load
anode
cathode
electrons
electrical energy
Estimated Activity Length:
0 sec
Learning Goal(s):

By the end of these two lessons students should be able to: 1. Create a simple circuit on their own when given the appropriate materials. 2. Diagram the flow of electrons within a circuit. 3. Differentiate between series and parallel circuits.

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.RST.4

This lesson begins with students having hands-on experiences creating electrical circuits using a battery, wires, and a light bulb. Students will learn that electricity is the flow of electrons, and how

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Introduction to Energy (Lesson 1)

Energy Transformations
Average Rating:
0
Author:
Craig Marais
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Science
Energy
energy transformation
electrical
chemical
nuclear
mechanical
magnetic
sound
kinetic
potential
motion
gravity
wavelengths of light
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

• Students will be able to name and describe at least 5 kinds of energy • Students will be able to identify and explain simple energy transformations

Relevant Common Core Standard(s):
6-8.RST.4

This lesson will introduce students to each of the different types of energy using PowerPoint slides, partner activities, and hands-on experiences with different kinds of energy including: batteries (chemical

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Shaw Island Community Solar

Location:
Shaw Island, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
1.70 - kilowatts

The San Juan Islands Conservation District is partnered with Orcas Power and Light Cooperative (OPALCO) and the Bonneville Environmental Foundation to install solar electric systems at the public schools on Lopez, Orcas, San Juan, and Shaw Islands in 2015. This exciting community solar project will deliver renewable energy to our public schools, reducing their electricity bills, and provide renewable energy education for our students. Participants receive a payback through production incentives. Shaw Island School is generating renewable solar energy through the community solar... Read full project narrative >>

Chevrolet - Putnam Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Burlingame, CA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.70 - kilowatts

As part of its Clean Energy and Carbon Reduction Initiative, in 2014 Chevrolet committed to provide Solar 4R Schools renewable energy education resources to teachers in select communities served by local Chevrolet dealerships with installed solar-powered electric vehicle (EV) canopy charging stations.

Putnam Chevrolet of Burlingame CA, has a 10.7 kW solar EV charging station on-site (see live performance data here) and through Chevrolet’s support, has provided Solar 4R Schools STEM education training and classroom... Read full project narrative >>

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