Solar Pathfinder Tutorial

Solar Rooftop
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Learning Goal(s):

Students will be able to properly assemble and orient their solar pathfinder. Students will be able to properly record the information provided by a solar pathfinder. Students will be able to accurately analyze the information provided by the solar pathfinder to calculate the solar potential (kWh/m2/day) taking into account variables such as shading, climate and weather.

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Estimated Activity Length:
50 min
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This lesson is designed to allow the students to practice assembling and using their Solar Pathfinders, along with analyzing the data. The students will take a single measurement and digital photograph at a location near the classroom designated by the teacher.  

Science Kit Material(s) Used:
Solar Pathfinder
Other Material(s) Used:
Digital camera • Stool or chair to raise pathfinder to desired height • Calculator • Student Worksheets #4 and #5