School Solar Analysis (Grades 9-12)
This curriculum is comprised of four lessons, each designed to provide introductory instruction and projects, with additional in-depth research opportunities and optional activities that may extend the curriculum. In Lesson 1, students will learn about the impact humans have on the carbon cycle, and how changes in the carbon cycle alter the influence of the greenhouse gas effect and cause climate change. In Lesson 2, students will explore solar power and how it works, as well as solar system design. In Lesson 3, students will calculate the size a solar system needs to be in order to offset current consumption. In Lesson 4, students will identify an optimal roof to install solar and determine the impacts of tilt, orientation, and shading on the panel. Students will write a letter to the school board informing them of their findings.
This curriculum package includes:
- Includes four interactive lessons designed for the high school level (grades 9-12)
- Provides hands-on training in solar energy and solar system design.
- Addresses Next Generation Science Standards and Common Core State Standards
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