Coeur d' Alene Tribe Natural Resources

Location:
Plummer, ID
Grade Level:
K
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9th
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PV System Size:
14.25 - kilowatts

The Coeur d'Alene Tribe is excited to host a solar-electric demonstration project that will educate students who will become the leaders in the area in the next generations. This 14.25 -kilowatt system sits atop the Tribe's Natural Resources building and was installed in 2016.
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Passive Solar Water Heating (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Tami Church
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Passive Solar 101
Physical science
Energy Fundamentals
Sustainable energy
renewable energy
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will cover/manipulate milk jugs to achieve the most solar energy absorption.
2. Students will calculate the joules of energy absorbed by the solar heated water.
3. Students will measure and graph the temperature changes of their solar milk jugs.
4. Students will gain an understanding of the amount of energy in sunlight.

Students retrofit milk jugs to absorb and retain the most solar energy. This process involves students collecting data that measures the impacts of different variables on the solar energy absorbed by each collection device. Students should be able to see patterns in both the absorption and retention of heat by various types of designs. During... View full description >>

Mini Solar Houses Unit

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Author:
Beverly Satterwhite
Intended Grade Level(s):
4th
5th
6th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electricity
solar energy
current
voltage
photovoltaics
seasonality
Circuitry
energy transformations
Energy Storage
mini-houses
design challenge
photovoltaic installation
Estimated Activity Length:
8 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will understand how to use an Azimuth finder to determine the direction and altitude that solar modules will face.
2. Students will learn how to describe why a solar module is pitched at a particular angle.
3. Students will understand how to measure the voltage and current for an electrical energy source.
4. Students will learn how to build a circuit that will light a light bulb with a switch and without a switch.
5. Students will understand that the electricity flows through a circuit from an energy source to a load.
6. Students will understand the difference between open and closed circuits.
7. Students will understand the similarities and differences between solar cells and batteries as an energy source.
8. Students will understand how electricity flows through a circuit (from energy sources to loads) with more than one source and more than one load.
9. Students will understand how to build series and parallel circuit and the characteristics of each.
10. Students will learn to power both a light and a fan.
11. Students will learn how to find a fault in a circuit.
12. Students will understand that the electricity flows through a circuit from an energy source to a load.
13. Students will understand the difference between open and closed circuits.
14. Students will identify the causes and solutions to various complications that arise in the construction of circuits.
15. Students will use the design process to create a roof to hold an adequate number of solar modules to power an LED and a fan.
16. Students will understand how to make a geometric net (a 2D drawing that when folded creates a 3D shape) for designing a roof.

In Lesson 1, the lesson focuses on understanding how the angle and orientation affect the amount of energy that is generated through use of a solar cell. Paper azimuth finders, Keva Planks, and multimeters will be used in order for students to draw conclusions about the optimal placement of a solar cell. This lesson will prepare students for... View full description >>

Lancaster, PA - Educators' Workshop

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Location:
Lancaster, PA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding an Arconic facility in Lancaster, Pennsylvania.  Intermediate Unit (IU) 13, a regional education resources agency for the Lancaster-Lebanon area, hosted this workshop at their conference center.  IU 13 works closely with regional districts and was able to pinpoint outreach through district leaders to the immediate Lancaster area and to the most high need schools.  All of the 14 participating teachers from seven schools from the School District of Lancaster, as well as their science... Read full project narrative >>

Pittsburgh, PA - Educators' Workshop

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Location:
Pittsburgh, PA
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Pittsburgh, New Kensington, and Cranberry Township in Pennsylvania.  This workshop was conducted with a partnership between Solar 4R Schools and ASSET Stem Inc.  The partnership was developed as a method of combining curricular resources and collaborating on new hands-on content for the workshop itself.  Specifically, workshop activities were reworked in order to be more inquiry driven and include formative assessment pieces that are effective for usage during... Read full project narrative >>

Wichita Falls, TX - Educators' Workshop

Location:
Wichita Falls, TX
Grade Level:
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Wichita Falls, Texas in Spring 2016. Twenty-four teachers across 18 schools in 14 Districts participated in a professional development experience organized by their Educational Service Center (ESC) that included one day focusing on renewable energy education with Solar 4R Schools. ESC Region 9 hosted this workshop and Ward Scientific sponsored lunch and door prizes. Teachers from 4th-12th grade took home one science kit to share for every school that included... Read full project narrative >>

Wadsworth, OH - Educators' Workshop

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Location:
Wadsworth, OH
Grade Level:
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th
9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Wadsworth, Ohio in July 2016. Partnerships were at the heart of bringing Solar 4R Schools’ education program to eight teachers across five schools in Wadsworth City Schools is expected to reach over 500 local students in the first year. Representatives at Solar 4R Schools connected with Wadsworth City Schools through the Alcoa Foundation, which is also supporting the district’s PRIME initiative (http://www.smeef.org/prime/... Read full project narrative >>

Evansville, IN - Educators' Workshop

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Location:
Evansville, IN
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Evansville, Indiana in Spring 2016. Solar 4R Schools partnered with I-STEM and the Evansville Vanderburgh School Corporation (EVSC) to bring this workshop in May of 2016 to schools lacking access to some of the curricular materials available to many schools throughout Indiana.

Thirteen middle school teachers from four EVSC schools spent the day collaborating, planning, and building solar cars to help people “survive a zombie apocalypse.” The materials... Read full project narrative >>

Denton, TX - Educators' Workshop

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Location:
Denton, TX
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
3rd
4th
5th
6th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Denton, Texas in Spring 2016. BEF’s Solar 4R Schools program and the City of Denton’s Sustainable Schools partnered to provide a STEM teacher training that enabled renewable energy programming to reach 10 educators from 9 schools across the District with substantial science kits – which are now available to teachers through a lending library hosted through Denton Sustainable Schools. The City of Denton, Denton Municipal Electric, and Denton Independent School... Read full project narrative >>

Chandler, AZ - Educators' Workshop

Chandler, AZ Solar Car
Location:
Chandler, AZ
Grade Level:
PK
1st
2nd
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8th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Chandler, Arizona in Spring 2016. The Solar 4R Schools team had an opportunity to work intimately with the East Valley Chapter of the organization Engineering for Kids. Educators spent time designing the heating compartment for a solar oven (even overheating leftover pizza) and enjoyed tremendously the time spent designing and redesigning solar cars to work in the bright Arizona sun! East Valley Engineering for Kids expects to reach 150+ students over the course... Read full project narrative >>

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