How Do Solar Panels Work?

This How Do Solar Panels Work? video also includes:

What are those shiny things that people are installing on the roofs of their houses? Learn about the structure, function, and logistics of solar panels, as well as the challenges of using the sun's energy as our exclusive power source on Earth.

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CCSS: Adaptable
Instructional Ideas

  • Use on Earth Day or when discussing alternative sources of energy
  • Invite learners to research more about solar energy with a research project, or pair with a science experiment involving a small solar-powered car or machine
  • Have class members watch the video and complete the assessment at home, and come to class ready to discuss what they have learned in a flipped classroom assignment
Classroom Considerations

  • The video uses technical language that may be difficult for some learners to grasp; encourage learners to watch the video a few times

  • Video is informative and engaging for learners
  • Explains solar energy in detail, as well as the future innovations of solar energy around the world
  • Comes with an after viewing assessment as well as a list of additional resources and lessons

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