Solar Battery Charging

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Author:
Luke Robbins
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Physical science
physics
Earth Science
Integrated Science
Environmental Science
Chemistry
series circuit
parallel circuit
current
resistance
voltage
diodes
polarity
Estimated Activity Length:
9 hours
Learning Goal(s):

Students will build series, parallel, and parallel series circuits from a schematic diagram. Students will master the basic concept of battery charging. Students will be able to plan and build solar battery chargers for a given battery system. Intermediate students will calculate time to charge a depleted battery to its full capacity given specifications of a solar module. Students will be able to explain how a solar cell works with diagrams and words. Students will use a digital multi-meter to measure voltage, current, resistance, and diode polarity.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
6-8.RST.7
9-10.RST.7
11-12.RST.4

Students will become familiar with circuits, cells, batteries, and photovoltaic cells, then plan, build, test, modify, and re-test a small solar battery charger designed to maintain batteries from a

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Salmon Junior Senior High School

Salmon JS PV
Location:
Salmon, ID
Grade Level:
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
3.80 - kilowatts

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Chevrolet - Putnam Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Burlingame, CA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
10.70 - kilowatts

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Chevrolet - Dublin Chevrolet Dealership

Location:
Dublin, CA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
21.10 - kilowatts

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Cascades Academy

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

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Location:
Gig Harbor, WA
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
60.00 - kilowatts

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Location:
Sun Valley, ID
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
15.39 - kilowatts

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Location:
Bend, OR
Grade Level:
PK
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
199.50 - kilowatts

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Frenchtown High School

Location:
Frenchtown, MT
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
5.20 - kilowatts

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Location:
Vancouver, WA
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
9.45 - kilowatts

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