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Innovative Uses

Renewable Energy Innovative Uses

Solar Powered Home

It was a particularly sunny summer in Portland, Oregon, so we had many opportunities to experiment with the Vernier Energy Sensor, the Surface Temperature Sensor, and the Sun Angle Science Kit (which includes three KidWind 2 V/400 mA Solar Panels and the KidWind Power Output Pack). We built a model home to explore the possibility…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • Sun Angle Science Kit

Alternative Energy Generating System

2014 Vernier/NSTA Technology Award winner, Christine Gleason, a teacher at Greenhills School in Ann Arbor, Michigan, expanded her end-of-year unit to continue teaching and applying energy concepts beyond the classroom walls. Gleason’s lesson evolved from a conventional non-renewable energy sources focus to an emphasis on weighing the advantages and disadvantages of alternative, renewable options, as…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • Vernier Energy Sensor
  • Surface Temperature Sensor
  • Stainless Steel Temperature Probe
  • And 8 more products

Solar Pizza Box Oven

By Terry Evers Soon, eager 21st-Century learners will return to classrooms, and in many locations, the weather will still be warm and sunny. Why not take advantage of the sun’s rays to engage students in a hands-on experience to learn about solar energy? Using cardboard pizza boxes, a few items from the kitchen, and some…

Subjects: Physical Science, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • Surface Temperature Sensor

simpleGEN: A Better Generator Experiment

The new KidWind simpleGEN is an easy-to-build electric generator that can be powered by hand or by the wind. Experienced KidWind customers may recall that the simpleGEN housing used to consist of a rectangular cross-section of PVC fence post. The new housing allows the generator to be mounted on a turbine tower, and additional holes…

Subjects: Environmental Science, Physics, Renewable Energy

Products Mentioned

  • KidWind simpleGEN
  • KidWind Gear Set
  • KidWind Power Output Board
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