The Students Use Internet Research To Explore The History Of The Development Of Photovoltaic (PV) Technology As A Way To Generate Electricity.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • describe the significant factors that have influenced people's decisions to accept or reject Photovoltaic (PV) technology as a way to generate electricity
  • describe some of the challenged faced by scientists developing Photovoltaic (PV) technology.

Teaching Rationales

The students use Internet research to explore the history of the development of Photovoltaic (PV) technology as a way to generate electricity.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

3 - 4 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will build on prior experiences, working together to share and examine their own and others' knowledge.
  • Students will ask questions, find evidence, explore simple models, and carry out appropriate investigations to develop simple explanations.

Communicating in science

  • Students will engage with a range of science texts and begin to question the purpose for which these texts are constructed.
3 Social Sciences

Social Sciences

  • Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how people make decisions about access to and use of resources.
4 Science

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will explore, describe and represent patterns and trends for everyday examples of physical phenomena, such as movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.
4 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Processes and strategies

  • Students will integrate sources of information, processes, and strategies confidently to identify, form, and express ideas.

Ideas

  • Students will show an increasing understanding of ideas within, across, and beyond texts.
4 Technology

Technological Knowledge
Technological products

  • Students will understand that materials can be formed, manipulated and/or transformed to enhance the fitness for purpose of a technological product.

Nature of Technology
Characteristics of technology

  • Students will understand how technological development expands human possibilities and how technology draws on knowledge from a wide range of disciplines.

Characteristics of technological outcomes

  • Students will understand that technological outcomes can be interpreted in terms of how they might be used and by whom and that each has a proper function as well as possible alternative functions.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

3 - 4 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will ask questions, undertake internet research, find evidence and explanations and process available information when investigating photovoltaic technology.

Communicating in science

  • Students will engage with a range of science texts that investigate the development of photovoltaic cells and the use of solar power to generate electricity.
3 Social Sciences

Social Sciences

  • Student will understand the factors that have affected people's acceptance of photovoltaic cells as a way to generate electricity.
4 Science

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will investigate the development of photovoltaic cells and the use of solar power to generate electricity.
4 English

Listening, Reading, and Viewing
Processes and strategies

Ideas

  • Students will show an increasing understanding of ideas contained in complex text that explain the development of photovoltaic cells and the use of solar power to generate electricity.
4 Technology

Technological Knowledge
Technological products

  • Students will understand that materials can be formed, manipulated and/or transformed to enhance the fitness for purpose of a technological product when they investigate the development of photovoltaic cells to generate electricity.

Nature of Technology
Characteristics of technology

  • Students will understand how technological development expands human possibilities and how technology draws on knowledge from a wide range of disciplines when they investigate the development of photovoltaic cells to generate electricity.

Characteristics of technological outcomes

  • Students will understand that technological outcomes can be interpreted in terms of how they might be used and by whom and that each has a proper function as well as possible alternative functions when they investigate the development and use of photovoltaic cells to generate electricity.