Lesson Plan

Solar Tracker Challenge

Follow the light—not with one's eyes—but with a special solar tracker. Future engineers design and build a device that tracks light. They must build circuits in which solar cells rotate to receive equal amounts of light.

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Instructional Ideas
  • Take the class outside to test out the trackers
Classroom Considerations
  • Some preparation is necessary before the lesson; see the resource for the steps that need to be taken
  • Familiarity with the engineering design process is advantageous
Pros
  • Gives background information for instructors
  • Provides a direction sheet and other student handouts
Cons
  • None