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 […]

Solar Panel Angles Project

Students will use their knowledge of how to measure angles to determine which angle of a solar panel will absorb the most light.  They will conduct an experiment that will simulate solar panels absorbing sunlight at various angles between 0˚ and 90˚ to determine provides the greatest voltage.  The class will use their discoveries to […]

Solar Energy

Instructions to solar energy projects to save money and reduce pollution are found below, along with information regarding solar panels and solar cell types. Which Solar Panel Type is Best? Mono-, Polycrystalline or Thin Film? BuildItSolar: Solar energy projects for Do It Yourselfers to save money and reduce pollution Instructions for making the Gratzel Solar […]