Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate ...

Students explore the methods engineers have devised for harnessing sunlight to generate power. First, they investigate heat transfer and heat storage through the construction, testing and use of a solar oven. With a lesson focused on photovoltaic cells, students learn the concepts of energy conversion, conservation of energy, current and voltage. By constructing model solar powered cars, students see these conceptual ideas manifested in modern technology. Furthermore, the solar car project provides opportunities to explore a number of other topics, such as gear ratios and simple mechanics. Both of these design and construction projects are examples of engineering design.

- Subject:
- Engineering
- Physics
- Material Type:
- Full Course
- Unit of Study
- Provider:
- TeachEngineering
- Provider Set:
- TeachEngineering NGSS Aligned Resources
- Author:
- Lauren Powell
- Rahmin Sarabi
- Roni Prucz
- Techtronics Program,