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Renewable Energy with Vernier

The Renewable Energy with Vernier lab book features 26 experiments in wind and solar energy. The lab book contains a combination of explorations, traditional experiments, inquiry investigations, engineering projects, and more.


In this book, students learn about renewable energy, experiment with variables affecting power output from model wind turbines and solar panels, and participate in engineering projects such as building a wind farm or a solar charger to meet certain design criteria.

Aligned with the Next Generation Science Standards, NGSS, all of the experiments are designed to support students in three-dimensional learning with Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts identified for each experiment within the Instructor pages.

Many of the experiments use the Vernier Energy Sensor and the Vernier Variable Load, two products that were designed to measure the power and energy output of renewable energy sources. The experiments also use the KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kits and the KidWind 2V solar panels and Solar Thermal Exploration Kit.

Included with Renewable Energy with Vernier

  • Complete student experiments with materials list, instructions for data collection on a computer or LabQuest, data tables, and questions.
  • Instructor Information section for each experiment with complete directions for setting up experiments, helpful hints, project plans, and sample graphs and data.
  • Ready to use student versions of computer experiments in print; computer, LabQuest, and calculator version in electronic format.
  • Electronic versions of all experiments so you can easily edit experiments to meet your personal teaching style.
  • NGSS alignment information including Disciplinary Core Ideas, Science and Engineering Practices, and Crosscutting Concepts

Features listed above are only available when you purchase the lab book. The downloadable evaluation PDFs include student instructions only.

Sensors and Interfaces for Experiments

Buy the sensors, interfaces, and accessories used for the experiments in this lab book.

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Select an experiment below to view objectives, standards correlations, or download a preview.

1Renewable Energy: Why is it So Important?
2What is Energy?
3Project: Energy Audit
4Voltage and Circuits
5Current and Resistors
6Mechanical Power
8Exploring Wind Turbines
9Effect of Load on Wind Turbine Output
10Blade Variables and Power Output
12Turbine Efficiency
13Power Curves
14Power and Energy
15Project: Maximum Energy Output
16Project: Build a Wind Farm
17Exploring Solar Panels
18Effect of Load on Solar Panel Output
19Variables Affecting Solar Panel Output
20Effect of Temperature on Solar Panel Output
21Project: Build a Solar Charger
22Exploring Passive Solar Heating
23Variables Affecting Passive Solar Heating
24Exploring Solar Collectors
25Variables Affecting Solar Collectors
26Project: Solar Cooker
Light Sensor
Surface Temperature Sensor
Watts Up Pro

Watts Up Pro (1)

Vernier Energy Sensor
Vernier Variable Load
KidWind Advanced Wind Experiment Kit
KidWind simpleGEN

KidWind simpleGEN (1)

KidWind 2V/400mA Solar Panel
Solar Thermal Exploration Kit

Ordering Information

All prices are for U.S. educators.

NameOrder CodePriceQuantity
Renewable Energy with VernierREV$48

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