Month: April 2012

Lesson Plan: Designing a Solar Amusement Park

Suggested Grade(s): 4th-8th grades Prep Time: 15-30 min Lesson length: 90 min Teaching Location(s): outdoor EFI to Group Size Required Ratio: 20:1 Essential Question(s): How can we use the engineering design process to create the greatest amount of renewable electricity possible? Author: Tiffany Rowlands Students are introduced to the world of creative engineering product design. […]


Lesson Plan: Electron Chairs

Subject: Modeling trade-offs between light capture and electron transport on a solar cell using an interactive game Grade Levels: Elementary school and higher Lesson Length: 15 minutes Authors: Brian Tracy, Tiffany Rowlands, Maxwell Cotton Solar cells have a limited amount of space on their surfaces. The silicon wafer must be exposed to sunlight for electron/hole […]