Constructing a SolarPowered MintyBoost USB Charger
Grades:
68
Description:
Students will receive a background on solar energy, solar energy applications, and electrical circuit components. Students will then apply these concepts to a Home Energy Consumption worksheet and the construction of a Solar Module MintyBoost USB Charger,...
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Circuit Analysis With Solar Energy: Measure the Power Consumed by Various Devices
Grades:
612
Description:
Students will set up a simple circuit using a solar module and three small loads. They will then use a multimeter to measure the voltage across each load and the current through each circuit. Students will then calculate the power consumption and resistance...
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Using a Multimeter to Analyze a Solar Circuit: Measuring Current and Voltage—Calculating Power and Resistance
Grades:
612
Description:
Students will set up a simple circuit using a multimeter and a load resistor to measure the voltage and current in the circuit. Students will learn to use a multimeter, learn how to calculate power and be introduced to Ohm’s Law. This activity provides a good...
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Energy Review: Practical and Technical Perspectives—What is Energy?
Grades:
48
Description:
Students will take a short field trip around the school to identify different types of energy.
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How a Solar Cell Works: Photon Simulation
Grades:
48
Description:
The purpose of this activity is to simulate the movement of electrons at the pn junction to create an electrical current. Students will play a modified game of musical chairs, where teams will compete against each other while creating their own electricity...
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Solar and SODIS: Creating Clean Water for the World
Grades:
58
Description:
According to Nobel Laureate Richard Smalley, the number one and two challenges for humanity are energy and clean water. This classroom activity will introduce students to a low cost, renewable technique that connects these two issues. During the activity,...
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Solar Tracker Challenge
Grades:
57
Description:
Students will build a simple circuit that can be used to track a light source. This circuit will be used as a springboard for discussion into the engineering design process, solar tracking, and basic electricity and circuits. The simple solar tracker operates...
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Engineering with Renewable Energy: Solar Water Pumping
Grades:
45
Description:
Students will learn that energy from a renewable resource can be converted to electrical energy to do work by engineering a water pump system powered by the sun. They will compare the volume of water pumped by different designs and graph data collected and...
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Home Energy Consumption
Grades:
68
Description:
Students will calculate the energy consumption of a set of common household devices based on their operating power rating and then investigate the power consumption of other devices in their homes.
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Simple Solar Tracker
Grades:
412
Description:
Students will be shown a working example of a solar tracker and asked to replicate the design based on their observations. The design incorporates four solar cells arranged in two arrays with each array reverse biased such that they generate a voltage that...
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