Photovoltaic (PV) Technology.

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • explain how photovoltaic (PV) cell technology works
  • describe some of the technologies powered by PV systems
  • explain what factors consumers should consider before selecting and installing a PV system to generate electricity?

Teaching Rationales

Students conduct research to explain how photovoltaic (PV) cell technology works and describe some of the technologies powered by PV systems. They explain what factors consumers should consider before selecting and installing a PV system to generate electricity.

Learning Areas, Strands, Achievement Objectives

5 - 6 Science

Nature of Science
Participating and contributing

  • Students will develop an understanding of socio-scientific issues by gathering relevant scientific information in order to draw evidence-based conclusions and to take action where appropriate.

Communicating in science

  • Students will apply their understanding of science to evaluate both popular and scientific texts (including visual and numerical literacy).

Physical World
Using physics

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

Technological Knowledge
Technological products

  • Students will understand how materials are selected, based on desired performance criteria.

Technological systems

  • Students will understand the properties of subsystems within technological systems.

Nature of Technology
Characteristics of technological outcomes

  • Students will understand that technological outcomes are fit for purpose in terms of time and context. Understand the concept of malfunction and how "failure" can inform future outcomes.
5 Social Studies

Social Studies

  • Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how people's management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

5 - 6 Science

Nature of Science
Participating and contributing

  • Students will develop an understanding of what factors consumers should take into consideration before selecting a Photovoltaic system to generate electricity.

Communicating in science

  • Students will apply their understanding of photovoltaic technology they read and evaluate popular and scientific texts about the development and use of solar powered electricity generation.

Physical World
Using physics

  • Students will investigate how physics knowledge is used in a technological application when they investigate how photovoltaic (PV) cell technology works and describe some of the technologies powered by PV systems.
5 Technology

Technological Knowledge
Technological products

  • Students will understand how materials used on photovoltaic cell technology are selected, based on desired performance criteria.

Technological systems

  • Students will understand the properties of subsystems within developed photovoltaic systems.

Nature of Technology
Characteristics of technological outcomes

  • Students will investigate factors consumers should take into consideration when considering installing a PV system to generate electricity.
5 Social Studies

Social Studies

  • Students will gain knowledge, skills, and experience to understand how peopless management of resources impacts on environmental and social sustainability.