Boise High School

Location:
Boise, ID
Grade Level:
9th
Technology Type:
PV System Size:
3.72 - kilowatts

Completed in 2018, this 3.72 kW solar photovoltaic system generates an estimated 5,200 kWh of clean, renewable energy each year. Funded by an Idaho Power grant, the system’s high efficiency panels provide the equivalent to the usage of about nine barrels of oil per year. Educational resources, including live data monitoring, and teacher training from BEF’s CE Bright Futures program provide Boise High School with the tools needed to incorporate renewable energy programming into their

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Canton, OH - Educators' Workshop

Location:
Massillon, OH
Grade Level:
K
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Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Canton, OH in October 2017. Twenty-four educators from 12 school districts all came together at the R. G. Drage Career Technical Center in Massillon, OH to engage in a renewable energy educator workshop. The subjects taught by teachers at this training crossed many disciplines, including: science, robotics, social studies, math, agriculture, ELA, and natural resources. Participants were excited to engage in the topic of renewable energy and wanted to gain... Read full project narrative >>

Winsted, CT - Educators' Workshop

wind engineering Winsted, CT
Location:
Winsted, CT
Grade Level:
K
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Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Winsted, CT in September 2017. Thirteen educators from four different school districts met at The Gilbert School to engage in a training focusing on renewable energy education. Representatives from Arconic Power & Propulsion, CREC (Capitol Region Education Council), and Eversource Energy were present to participate in the training and share information about energy-related careers and local energy resources. This effort was part of Arconic Foundation’s... Read full project narrative >>

Branford, CT - Educators' Workshop

teachers building sun ovens Branford, CT
Location:
Branford, CT
Grade Level:
5th
6th
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9th

Arconic Foundation supported STEM teacher professional development for educators in the region surrounding Arconic facilities in Branford, CT in January 2018. Thirteen educators from five schools across four districts convened to participate in a Regional Renewable Energy Inquiry & Engineering workshop hosted at Francis Walsh Intermediate School. Workshop facilitators collaborated with the host to create a custom workshop opportunity geared towards middle school educators. Teachers engaged in hands on activities that focused on expanding their knowledge and application of the NGSS... Read full project narrative >>

Wave Attenuator Unit Overview

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
Faraday’s Law
Electromagnets
Magnetic Properties of Current-carrying Wires
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
10 hours
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will demonstrate energy transfer through space using electromagnetic phenomena.
2. Students will design a model that demonstrates that a current-carrying wire can induce magnetism.
3. Students will define and build an electromagnet.
4. Students will demonstrate electromagnetic induction.
5. Students will describe and model the energy transfer and transformation in a wave attenuator.
6. Students will build a wave attenuator using a diagram and selected materials.
7. Students will test the model wave attenuator they built.
8. Students will investigate variables that may affect the output of an energy conversion device (wave attenuator).
9. Students will interpret data to identify which variables increase electrical output for these model wave attenuators.
10. Students will communicate results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of a wave attenuator.

Through a series of learning experiences, students will experiment with the basic concepts of motion to electrical energy transformation. Students start by building a series of models that demonstrate the interactions between magnetic and electric fields. Students then apply this background knowledge to convert ocean wave power into electricity... View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 3: Testing a Tidal Wave Attenuator

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
5 hours 40 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will investigate variables that may affect the output of an energy conversion device (wave attenuator).
2. Students will interpret data to identify which variables increase electrical output for these model wave attenuators.
3. Students will communicate results from scientific inquiry to identify factors that are important to optimizing the design of a wave attenuator.

Students will test the efficiency of the tidal wave attenuator models that they previously built. They will determine variables on their models they can manipulate, such as wire gauge and magnet strength, and measure the effects of manipulating this variable on the success of their design. They will report their findings in a presentation to... View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 2: Building a Tidal Wave Attenuator

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Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
renewable energy
Wave Fundamentals
Electricity Generation
Estimated Activity Length:
2 hours 30 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will describe and model the energy transfer and transformation in a wave attenuator.
2. Students will build a wave attenuator using a diagram and selected materials.
3. Students will test the model wave attenuator they built.

This lesson is designed to build upon investigations of electromagnetic energy by applying these phenomena to transfer the kinetic energy moving in waves to electricity by building a wave attenuator. View full description >>

Wave Attenuator Lesson 1: Introduction to Electromagnetism

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0
Author:
Tabatha Roderick
Intended Grade Level(s):
6th
7th
8th
9th
10th
11th
12th
Subject Area(s) Covered:
Electromagnetic Induction
Faraday’s Law
Electromagnets
Magnetic Properties of Current-carrying Wires
Estimated Activity Length:
3 hours 10 min
Learning Goal(s):

1. Students will demonstrate energy transfer through space using electromagnetic phenomena.
2. Students will design a model that demonstrates that a current-carrying wire can induce magnetism.
3. Students will define and build an electromagnet.
4. Students will demonstrate electromagnetic induction.

Through a series of goal-oriented activities and research, students will build physical models that demonstrate the interactions between magnetism and magnetic fields as well as interactions between magnetism and electric fields. Students will be challenged to engineer devices that: change a magnetic field using electricity, creating a magnet... View full description >>

Oregon Coast STEM Hub

Location:
Newport, OR
Grade Level:
PK
K
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On October 10, 2016 the Oregon Coastal STEM Hub hosted the 2016 Coastal Learning Symposium at Newport Middle School with a goal to make meaningful connections to the Oregon Coast for PK- 12 educators and students. The Solar 4R Schools program offered a Renewable Energy Inquiry and Engineering workshop to area teachers. There were a total of 22 attendees from 3 different school districts present. Participants at the workshop engaged with a variety of activities; including the construction of a Copenhagen solar oven, exploring electric circuits, and crafting solar boats. Every teacher... Read full project narrative >>

Seattle Puget Sound

Location:
Everett, WA
Grade Level:
K
1st
2nd
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4th
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9th

In 2015, 18 educators from 8 different school districts convened for a “Solar Energy and Opportunities for Inquiry in My Classroom” workshop. The workshop was held at Everett Public School District Community Center. Teachers worked together on activities that included making a Copenhagen solar oven, building simple circuits, and putting together solar cars. Along with the renewable energy workshop, teachers received custom science kits and access to the online educator library to implement in their classrooms.  Read full project narrative >>

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