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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 a light bulb does.  They will conduct an experiment that will show the effects on two different light bulbs.  The class will use their discoveries to discuss how this experiment relates to the sine function and real-life situations. They should address how our world would be affected if we had a power outage.

Applications for Sine Curve

Power Grid with Squishy Circuits

Students will learn about the Power Grid and how it is used to produce electricity to their house. They will learn the different components of the grid and then manipulate the grid with TCIPG. Once the students learn how the grid works, they will build a power grid with their partner with squishy circuits, batteries and LED Lights.

Squishy Circuits Lesson

Power Grid Scavenger Hunt

Your assignment is to find as many of the following “pieces” of the power grid as you can. If you think you’ve found one of them, take your own photograph of it and note the location. Many of the pieces you can find by walking around your neighborhood, but some of the pieces you might only see while traveling around in a vehicle.


Mapping the Power Grid

Students will be exposed to a series of maps aerial photos, topographic, geologic maps from prior to, during and after the Kingston Fly Ash Spill.

Students will use geologic maps to investigate rock types, time periods, faults and folds, and investigate technologies used to create maps.

Mapping the Power Grid_2014



Future of the Power Grid

Students will consider the future of the power grid in light of the data they have been studying about consumption and production if nothing is done to improve the grid, upgrade the grid, and/or change human behaviors.  Students will present suggestions for quick solutions that we could do today and participate in a classroom discussion about Smart grids.

Lesson 7- the future of the grid

Energy Analysis

Students will translate historical data from a table into a graph to establish trends in energy consumption and production, and factors that contributed to the trends in consumption and production.

Lesson 6-analyzing historical data

History of the Power Grid

In this lesson students will explore the evolution of the power grid.  Students will be assigned a specific scientist/inventor, time period, or event that contributed to the evolution of the power grid to research and then present to the class.  They will create a one-page document  (AVID Strategy) that will become part of a time-line to be put in the classroom.

Lesson 5-birth of a power grid

Wind Turbine Challenge

In this lesson students will work in groups to design the blades for a wind turbine that will generate at least 2 volts of electricity and will light their house.

Lesson 3-wind turbine challenge

Building a Model House

In this activity students will work in groups to plan and build the house for their group. Students will review circuits, electron flow, current and voltage.   They will construct a house out of cardboard and wire it to reflect the wiring of modern houses today.

Lesson 1-Build your house

Lesson 2 – wiring the house for LED

Understanding the Power Grid

Students will understand the pressures on the power grid and discover smart grid technology and how it will relieve some of these pressures by observing various graphs, websites, and tables.

lesson plan 7- Hardison