Macro-Scale Solar

There's no substitute for the power of the sun. The second of four installments of the Solar Resources Assessment unit looks at macro-scale photovoltaic (PV) technology. Future scientists first learn about PV modules with a PowerPoint presentation. They then connect PV modules in both series and parallel circuits and determine the voltage, current, and power using a multimeter.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have learners create a graphic organizer comparing the voltage, current, and power for solar modules in series and parallel circuits
Classroom Considerations
  • Activity requires solar modules and multimeters
  • Knowledge of series and parallel circuits is necessary
Pros
  • Provides worksheets for each part of the lesson
  • Includes a student reference sheet that shows how to set up the circuits
Cons
  • None