Learn about solar power and solar panel design and operation.
Learn about how calculators work and how the product is comprised of many different component parts.
Learn about teamwork and the engineering problem solving/design process.
Anticipated Learner Outcomes
As a result of this activity, students should develop an understanding of:
solar power and solar panel engineering
calculator design and operations
impact of engineering and technology on society
engineering problem solving
Students learn about how solar energy is gathered and transferred to electrical energy in solar panels. Topics examined include solar panels, simple circuits, and the inner workings of a simple calculator. Students work in teams to disassemble a calculator, evaluate the design and operation of its component parts, recommend changes to improve functionality through redesign and/or material selection, and present to class.