Detroit/Hamtramck Solar Schools

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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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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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Biolite - Fire to Phone Charging (Lesson 6)

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Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Energy Fundamentals
electrical circuits
efficiency
thermo-electric effect
calories and heat
Estimated Activity Length:
1 hour 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will use thermometers and a stopwatch to calculate power.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to make power calculations from this data.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies to other circuits tested in this unit.
5. Students will know what the Peltier Junction does.

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

This is the 6th part in the Off the Grid Unit. This lesson continues to look at the efficiency of USB charging devices, but this time we will be using a commercially available camping stove that uses heat to create electricity in order to charge a phone. This is the Biolite stove that exploits the Peltier Junction in order to... View full description >>

DC to AC to DC Efficiency (Lesson 5)

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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:
3 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will use multimeters to measure voltage and current in circuits.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to make power calculations from this data.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies in order to identify the circuit that is most
efficient.
5. Students will be able to make circuits from a diagram and vice versa.
6. Students will know what an inverter is and what it does.

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

This is part of the Off the Grid Unit. This lesson will continue to deal with efficiency

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Exploring Buck and Boost Converters (Lesson 4)

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

1. Students will use multimeters to measure voltage and current in circuits.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to make power calculations from this data.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies in order to identify the circuit that is most
efficient.
5. Students will be able to make circuits from a diagram and vice versa.

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

This lab uses a variety of voltage conversion devices to output 5 Volts, the requirements for a USB charger such as for a cell phone. Students will take data on these devices and calculate, graph and compare

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Phone Charger Efficiency (Lesson 3)

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

1. Students will use multimeters to measure voltage and current in circuits.
2. Students will use collected data and be able to make power calculations from this data.
3. Students will also be able to calculate efficiency from their power calculations.
4. Students will be able to compare efficiencies in order to identify the circuit that is most
efficient.
5. Students will be able to make circuits from a diagram and vice versa.

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

This is part of the Off the Grid Unit. In this lesson students will explore the concept of efficiency

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Activities and Assessment of Vocab and Units (Lesson 2)

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Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
physics
electrical energy
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours
Learning Goal(s):
  1. Students will be able to define voltage, current, power and energy as it relates to electricity.
  2. Students will be able to define electricity and have the units for all the above terms in their Journals.
  3. Students will be able to set up multimeters for voltage and current and will be assessed on this.
Common Core Standard(s) Met:
N.Q .1
N.Q .2

This lesson is intended as a way to check for student understanding regarding the content presented in the previous lesson of this unit. The assessment takes place in two parts: a written assessment of

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Electrical Energy and Solar Module Efficiency (Lesson 1)

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Author:
Brett McFarland
Intended Grade Level(s):
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
electrical energy
Calculating power
Estimated Activity Length:
4 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will document necessary terms in their journals
2. Students will be able to set up a multimeter to measure voltage
3. Students will be able to set up a multimeter to measure current
4. Students will be able to calculate power from data collected
5. Students should be able to measure the collector area of a solar module (area of solar cell(s) within
solar module) and represent this value in square meters (m^2)

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

This lesson will let students do research to define terms that will be used in this unit. They will record this information in their Journals, which can be scientific or simple homemade notebooks. This lesson will also introduce the multimeter, small solar modules, and how to calculate power. Students will compare the power of the module to its... View full description >>

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