Power Grid and Integrating Renewable Resources

By this lesson students have learned about what the power grid is, renewable and nonrenewable resources used to generate electricity, and how solar panels work.  In this lesson students watch a news clip will read a report regarding the integration of solar power into the electric grid and write an informative essay on why a […]

Solar Simulation

Students will take the working knowledge from the previous lesson and apply some of the skills by participating in solar simulations. The Energy City simulation will give students the opportunity to work with their own “cities” while adding the types of energy sources (nonrenewable/renewable) to create a sustainable city. The solar power simulator gives students […]

Solar Panel Project

Students will be making a multimedia project to take before a mock “board of directors” as if they were pitching a solar power project to GMSD school district. Students will research background information and put together a portfolio (with powerpoint or prezi) with solar panel placement, diagrams, maps, cost analysis, cost­benefit, justification, and other needed […]

Solar Cells and Electrical Output

Students will be working making a solar cell. Solar cells are added together to make a solar panel. Each cell has an electrical output. Students will be working with multimeters to find the output of their solar cell. Each group will add their cells together to wire them up together and measure the total output. […]

Solar Energy

Beginning lesson, in which students will be exposed to the material as a whole and understand what their focus will be. They will be introduced to renewable resources, a main focus on solar energy. They will have an introduction to active background knowledge and overview the next several lessons. Students will have a reading/writing component […]

Power Generation to Energy Consumption

“Help students explore how electrical energy arrives at its final destination, as well as introduce alternative sources of energy. Each student will construct a model home from the pattern provided. The students will then assemble a simple LED and resistor light circuit that is installed into the model house. The model then snaps into the […]

Climate Change Impacts and Renewable Solutions

These lessons are focused on the importance of engineering, based on climate trends and the need to focus on energy. The first lesson introduces correlations, and the math concepts continue on to linear fit/trend lines. To make a relevant assessment, students will analyze trends in engineering. Their final activity is a hands-on application relating to […]

Wind Turbine Shape Project

In this activity, students will explore how various changes to the design of a wind turbine will change the efficiency.  Students will learn the basics of how electricity is generated by wind and how shape and texture can vary the amount of power produced.  The reading materials and guide will serve as an introduction to […]