Rainier School District #13

Location:
Rainier, OR
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
PV System Size:
6.00 - kilowatts

Zenger Farm’s photovoltaic (PV) system was installed in summer of 2017. A collaboration between the Rainier School District, Columbia River PUD, and Bonneville Power Administration, this 6-kilowatt PV installation demonstrates the practicality of photovoltaics while providing additional learning opportunities for vistors of the District. In addition to building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, Solar 4R Schools has transformed the school's existing PV system into a hands-on... Read full project narrative >>

Solar Car Derby & Educator Workshops

Golden Girls Solar Car
Location:
Seattle, WA
Grade Level:
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:

With generous support from the Boeing Foundation, Solar 4R Schools piloted our first solar car engineering challenge event in 2014. The event leveraged contributions from the Seattle Mariners and Bonneville Power Administration while utilizing the iconic influence of professional sports to create a powerful impact on the 14 student teams that participated. As a precursor to the challenge event, Solar 4R Schools... Read full project narrative >>

Davenport, IA --Educators' Workshop

team awesome project
Location:
Riverdale, IA
Grade Level:
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators that teach students in districts surrounding their facilities in Davenport, IA. Pleasant Valley Administration Center hosted the Regional Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering professional development day to learn more about about local technical and energy-related jobs through hands-on activities by Solar 4R Schools and engaging local presentations from representatives at Arconic and MidAmerican Energy. Teachers modeled MidAmerican’s vision of a future with a 100% renewable energy grid by building and... Read full project narrative >>

Detroit/Hamtramck Solar Schools

wiring & energy jobs thumbnail
Location:
Detroit, MI
Grade Level:
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
516.00 - kilowatts

General Motors Foundation supported career-connected STEM professional development for Detroit Public Schools Community District teachers linked to real-world deployment of a 516 kW solar array by DTE Energy that was installed on GM’s Hamtramck facility. 

Solar 4R Schools worked with the Detroit Public Schools Community District's Children's Museum to put on a day-long Renewable Energy... Read full project narrative >>

Bloomsburg, PA -- Educators' Workshop

Teachers testing solar circuits
Location:
Milton, PA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Kawneer facility in Bloomsburg, PA. Central Susquehanna Intermediate Unit (CSIU) hosted a “Solar Energy Inquiry and Engineering” workshop for 6th – 12th grade teachers from area school districts. CSIU, alongside numerous others throughout the state, acts as an educational resource provider for schools in this region.  The IU was responsible for reaching out to local districts, having each district nominate a few teachers that they would like to send to the... Read full project narrative >>

Photovoltaic Solutions "Shark-Tank Style" (Lesson 5)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
STEM
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will use data and mathematics to design a solution for using PV technology in the transportation sector.
2. Students will create a presentation with visuals and specs outlining their proposed solution.
3. Students will present and attempt to “sell” their products to a panel of judges.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.8
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, the students will take their knowledge gained in the previous activities to innovate design solutions that will allow PV technology to plan an increased role in the transportation sector. The

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Designing a Solar Charger (Lesson 4)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Amperage
voltage
electricity
Power
Energy Storage
Battery charging
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will explore the role of series and parallel wiring as they pertain to voltage and amperage.
2. Students will explore the processes involved with charging batteries and relate these processes to voltage and amperage.
3. Students will test photovoltaic modules to identify voltage and amperage outputs.
4. Students will design a system of wiring 3 V, 1.5 A modules together as a means to charge a
12 V lead-acid battery
5. Students will predict and test the effectiveness of their designed solar charger.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.6
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, students will further explore the potential and challenges related to using photovoltaics to supplement the power needed to charge batteries in BEVs. Students will be provided with a 12 V lead

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Can Portable PV Charge Vehicles? (Lesson 3)

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0
Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Amperage
voltage
electricity
Power
Energy Storage
Battery charging
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will explore the role of series and parallel wiring as they pertain to voltage and amperage.
  2. Students will explore the processes involved with charging batteries and relate these processes to voltage and amperage.
  3. Students will test photovoltaic modules to identify voltage and amperage outputs.
  4. Students will calculate, using data from field tests, the maximum power that can be produced using photovoltaics within the constraints of a typical passenger vehicle’s surface area.
  5. Students will calculate charging times using various PV array power ratings.
Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.3
11-12.RST.9
F.IF.6
F.BF.2

In this lesson, students will begin to explore the potential and challenges related to using photovoltaics to supplement the power needed to charge batteries in BEVs. Students will test a variety of wiring options related to series and parallel wiring. Once students have grasped the basics, they will measure the surface area of a passenger... View full description >>

Background Research on Alternative Transportation Vehicles (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Alternative Energy
Alternative Transportation
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will define BEVs, HEVs, HFCVs, and HICEVs
2. Students will compare the above vehicles and relate the pros and cons of each technology
3. Students will begin to evaluate which type of technology might be best suited for the goal of
replacing fossil fuels in the transportation sector
4. Students will begin to brainstorm ideas for how solar energy might be used to enhance
these technologies

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.7

Students completing this lesson will already have identified some of the problems inherent in the development of ideas to replace fossil fuels in the transportation sector. Students will now conduct some

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Replacing Fossil Fuels? (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Clayton Hudiburg
Intended Grade Level(s):
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy Density
fossil fuels
Alternative Energy
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 20 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will define energy density.
2. Students will compare energy densities among various transportation fuel options.
3. Students will compare costs per unit of energy among various transportation fuel options.
4. Students will compare energy return on energy invested among various transportation fuel
options.
5. Students will assess which fuels have the most potential to replace fossil fuels in the
transportation sector using a weighted matrix.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
11-12.RST.7

As students begin to look at the role photovoltaics might play within the transportation energy sector, it is important for them to understand why the phasing-out of fossil fuels is such a daunting task. This

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