Nov. 15-16: CURENT Site Review

The NSF/DOE Site Visit completed on Thursday, November, 16th in the Min Kao Building.  The day completed with a student poster session highlighting graduate and undergraduate student research.  The poster session also included posters from the summer programs – YSP Program, RET Program and the REU program. The posters can be found on the Poster […]

CURENT helps with Teacher Professional Development

On Tuesday, November 8th, Erin Wills demonstrated electricity activities at the ‘Science Playground’ as a part of Knox County Schools District-Learning Day for teachers (organized by stemspark).  Mr. Wills demonstrated how to use home-made circuit kits in the classroom and discussed the summer research opportunities at CURENT for teachers.  About 15 teachers stopped by the […]

CURENT Attended SHPE Conference

During the SHPE Conference, Mr. Erin Wills and Mr. Camarillo met with over 200 students at the conference to discuss the opportunities at CURENT.  The backgrounds of the people met were quite broad geographically, academically, and professionally.  Some of the people met included community college students and faculty; undergraduate, masters, and doctorate candidates; college faculty; industry […]

Picture of student talking about their research

October 28th – CURENT Open House

The CURENT Open House was widely considered successful.  Close to 60 undergraduate students attended with inquiries about undergraduate research and graduate studies in power systems, power electronics, and cyber-security.  The majority of the faculty attended and approximately 10-15 CURENT undergraduates and graduate students helped discuss their research areas and provided lab tours. The picture includes […]

Wind Turbines and Proportions

After briefly learning about wind turbines and how they generate power for the grid, students will create their own windmills in class. Students will then apply ratio reasoning to figure out how many homes (on average) a windmill can power. How do wind turbines get power into our homes? How many homes can a wind turbine […]

Solving Equations Using Ohm’s Law

Students should have already been introduced to solving equations; this lesson is meant to further their understanding and contextualize giving real-life examples of when they would need to solve equations.  This is a 1 day lesson. Student will be able to substitute values for the variables in Ohm’s Law, V-IR Student will be able to […]

Applications of Cosine Curves

Students will have to read the assigned articles and video first to get an idea of what a power factor, watt, and the power grid is.  Next, they will conduct an experiment of three different light bulbs to determine what their power factor is, the temperature, and the amount of watts being used.  The students […]

Applications for Sine Curve

Students will understand that there has to be exactly enough power on the grid for what is being used by consumers after watching the assigned videos and reading the assigned articles.  Students will use their knowledge of how to recognize and construct sine functions to determine how frequency, amplitude, and DC offset will change what […]