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 >>

Zenger Farm

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

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 >>

Springdale, AR--Educators' Workshop

Location:
Springdale, AR
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators that teach students in districts surrounding their facilities in Springdale AR. Springdale Public Schools and the University of Arkansas’ Center for Math and Science Education worked with Solar 4R Schools to host the workshop and recruit teachers.

 



Teachers attended this workshop on a school day, as many of their classrooms were conducting post-testing activities.  The overall workshop’s activities’ were fairly diverse and personalized to the needs of the educator community. ... Read full project narrative >>

LaPorte, IN--Educators' Workshop

LaPorte-Michigan City Teachers Group Photo
Location:
LaPorte, IN
Grade Level:
4th
5th
6th
7th
8th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators that teach students in districts surrounding their facilities in LaPorte, IN. LaPorte Community School Corporation and Michigan City Area Schools worked together to host a renewable energy teacher workshop at Boston High School in spring 2017.

 

Teachers chose to conduct this day of professional development for their first day of summer and enjoyed talking through the obstacles of what it would take to store solar energy as thermal energy. At lunchtime, representatives from the local... 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 >>

Beaverton Middle School

Location:
Beaverton, OR
Grade Level:
6th
7th
8th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
128.30 - kilowatts

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Designing a Solar Phone Charger (Lesson 7)

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Unit:
Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy Fundamentals
electrical circuits
efficiency
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will be able to design a device that can charge a phone with 4 hours of sun a day.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to support their design – i.e. the data will show that the unit will produce enough energy to charge a phone given it receives 4 hours of sun
a day.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies of their circuit to others tested in this unit.
5. Students can calculate how much energy 4 hours of sunlight can produce on the solar
modules they will use.

Common Core Standard(s) Met:
N.Q .1
N.Q .2

This is the culminating activity for the unit “Off the Grid.” Students will be given some restricted parameters around which to design a solar powered battery operated phone (or other USB device) charger

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