What Could Your Solar Panels Run

Intended Learning Outcomes

The students will be able to:

  • find out the power ratings of various appliances around their school and the energy output for a given month for their school's solar panels
  • select an appliance and calculate how long they could run it continuously from the total monthly energy output of the solar panels
  • quantify how much energy can be saved by simple energy-efficiency measures.

Teaching Rationales

Students will be able to understand the relationship between energy and power.

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.

Communicating in science

  • Students will use a wider range of science vocabulary, symbols, and conventions.

Physical World
Using physics

  • Students will explore a technological biological application of physics.

Activity-specific Achievement Objectives

5 Science

Nature of Science
Investigating in science

  • Students will carry out scientific calculations relating to solar panel power output and the use of the electrical energy they produce.

Communicating in science

  • Students will use the science terms and language conventions associated with describing energy and energy outputs.

Physical World
Using physics

  • Students will investigate the energy output of their school's solar panels.