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DIY Solar-Powered Phone Charger Project

In this project, students will learn about renewable energy and how to harness it to create a functional device. The learning outcomes include:

  • Understanding the basics of solar energy and how it can be used to power devices
  • Developing problem-solving skills by designing and building a functional device
  • Learning about circuitry and electrical components

Methodology

The project will be divided into three phases:

  1. Research and Planning: Students will research solar energy and phone chargers, and plan their design.
  2. Building: Students will build their solar-powered phone chargers using materials such as solar panels, batteries, and circuitry components.
  3. Testing and Assessment: Students will test their phone chargers and assess their functionality and efficiency.

Resources/Materials Required

  • Solar panels
  • Batteries
  • Circuitry components (e.g. diodes, resistors, capacitors)
  • Wires and connectors
  • Phone charging cables
  • Tools (e.g. soldering iron, wire cutters)

Instructions

1. Research and Planning: Students will research solar energy and phone chargers, and plan their design. They will need to consider factors such as the size and type of solar panel, the type of battery, and the circuitry components required.

2. Building: Students will build their solar-powered phone chargers using the materials provided. They will need to follow a circuit diagram and use tools such as a soldering iron and wire cutters.

3. Testing and Assessment: Students will test their phone chargers by connecting them to a phone and assessing their functionality and efficiency. They will need to record their results and make any necessary adjustments to their design.

Activities

1. Research and Planning: Students will work in groups to research solar energy and phone chargers, and plan their design. They will present their findings to the class.

2. Building: Students will work individually or in pairs to build their solar-powered phone chargers. They will need to follow a circuit diagram and use tools such as a soldering iron and wire cutters.

3. Testing and Assessment: Students will test their phone chargers by connecting them to a phone and assessing their functionality and efficiency. They will need to record their results and make any necessary adjustments to their design.

Assessment

Students will be assessed on their ability to:

  • Research and plan their design
  • Build a functional solar-powered phone charger
  • Test and assess the functionality and efficiency of their phone charger

Compliance

This project complies with the following standards:

  • NGSS: HS-PS3-3. Design, build, and refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.
  • Common Core: CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.11-12.2.D. Use precise language, domain-specific vocabulary, and techniques such as metaphor, simile, and analogy to manage the complexity of the topic.

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