Solar Power

One day's worth of sunlight can supply everyone on Earth with electricity for a year! Why, then, do we find ourselves in an energy crisis? Shine a light on solar energy with a short lesson and video. As part of a larger energy unit from NOVA, the video demonstrates how the power of the sun is converted to electrical energy.

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CCSS: Adaptable
NGSS: Designed
Instructional Ideas

  • Add the resource to an alternative energy sources lesson
  • Have the class draw a flow chart that shows how a photovoltaic cell works as the video explains it
Classroom Considerations

  • Pupils should understand elements and electrons to understand part of the resource
Pros

  • The video has great animations that show how solar energy is converted into electrical energy
  • Content makes a good launching point for a solar energy engineering challenge
Cons

  • None
Common Core