Why It Matters
As gas prices rise and our fossil fuel sources are in higher demand than ever, the conversation has shifted to energy alternatives like solar power. In an effort to encourage more development in the solar energy field, the US Department of Energy sponsors a competition every other year in Washington D.C. called the Solar Decathlon. Teams of college students from all over the world compete to design and build the most energy efficient house. Meet CHIP:
- Is this a home of the future? How do you see solar energy impacting our future world?
- How do we create solar panels? http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/solar/insi-nf.html http://is.njit.edu/competition/2009/Cat2_2_Winner_Group142/ Create a prezi to show how the various raw earth materials are put together to make a solar panel.
- What factors do you need to consider when trying to make an efficient solar car? Design a model solar car for the Solar Sprint Challenge: http://www.nrel.gov/education/jss_hfc.html Here are some investigations to help you on your way: http://www.nrel.gov/docs/gen/fy01/30830.pdf
Department of Energy. Solar Decathlon Competition. http://www.solardecathlon.gov/index.html
Solar Decathlon Curriculum. http://www.solardecathlon.gov/pdfs/curriculum_life.pdf
Solar Energy Technologies. http://is.njit.edu/competition/2009/Cat2_2_Winner_Group142/
Connections to other CK-12 Subject Areas