Factors That Affect The Electricity Output Of Your School's Solar Panels

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • compare the monthly sunshine hours in their region to the monthly electricity output of their school's solar panels
  • identify and consider other factors that may affect the output
  • compare the output of solar panel-based generating systems with other means of generating electricity.

Teaching Rationales

Students will consider factors that affect the electricity output of their school's solar panels. They determine how long one selected appliance could run on the electricity generated by the solar panels.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

5 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will develop and carry out complex investigations, including using models.
  • Students will show an increasing awareness of working scientifically, including recognition of multiple variables.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will identify and describe the patterns associated with physical phenomena found in simple everyday situations involving movement, forces, electricity and magnetism, light, sound, waves, and heat.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

5 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will carry out research to determine the factors that may affect the output of the school's solar panels.

Physical World
Physical inquiry and physics concepts

  • Students will compare monthly sunshine hours in their region to the recorded output of the schools solar panels, and draw relevant conclusions.