Solar Pathfinder Tutorial

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Find the right path to learn about solar energy. Scholars set up and use Solar Pathfinders to take measurements related to solar insolation at a particular site. Based on the data, they estimate the solar potential in kWh/m^2/day of a solar module if it is installed at that location.

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CCSS: Designed
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas
  • Have the class investigate different spots to place a solar module to identify the best one
Classroom Considerations
  • Third of four installments in the Solar Resources Assessment unit
  • Values given in the worksheets are for Washington state; learners need to research correct values for their own locality
Pros
  • Background information for educators gives detailed steps for calculations
  • Student handout includes pictures that show how to set up the devices
Cons
  • None
NGSS