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Recommended Products for Investigating Solar Energy

Recommended products for experiments in our Investigating Solar Energy lab book

Customize Your Solar Energy Lab Stations

Outfit your lab stations with the sensors and equipment for the activities you’ll choose from the Investigating Solar Energy lab book.

  1. Choose your data-collection interface.
  2. Select experiments from the lab manual that you will perform.
  3. Choose your sensors and lab equipment for each experiment.
  4. Review your equipment list and adjust quantities for your budget.
  5. Add to cart to purchase or to get a price quotation.
Investigating Solar Energy lab book

Recommended Interfaces

You will need one interface per lab station.

LabQuest 2
  • LabQuest 2
  • Standalone, computer, or tablet
  • Unit price: $329
LabQuest Mini

How to Choose an Interface

Choose the Vernier interface that best meets your needs and budget. We recommend LabQuest 2 for its versatility as a standalone data logger or a Chromebook, mobile device, or computer interface. LabQuest Mini is a great choice for computer-based lab stations.

Learn more about Vernier’s interfaces »

Sensors and Lab Equipment for Experiments

Select an activity to determine the sensors, lab equipment, and accessories you’ll need.

  1. 1 Introduction to Solar Panels

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Explore how solar panels can be used to generate electricity.
    • Use electricity generated by a solar panel to light an LED and play music.
    • Build and understand basic circuits.
    • Verify that energy is transferred by electric currents.
    View experiment details »
  2. 2 Exploring Solar Energy

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Use electrical energy produced by a solar panel to play a tune and light up LEDs.
    • Investigate the relationship between solar panel angle, orientation, and shade and the ability to play a tune or light up an LED.
    • Verify that energy is transferred by electric currents in a closed circuit.
    View experiment details »
  3. 3 Introduction to the Vernier Energy Sensor

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Set up the data-collection equipment.
    • Measure current, potential difference (voltage), and power output of a Solar Panel with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
    • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.
    View experiment details »
  4. 4 Making Connections: Circuits

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Measure the power output of one, two, and three solar panels with an Energy Sensor.
    • Build series and parallel circuits.
    • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.
    View experiment details »
  5. 5 Solar Panel Output: Effect of Load

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Measure current, potential difference (voltage), and power output of three solar panels with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
    • Explore how current, potential difference (voltage), and power output vary depending on the resistance (load) in the circuit.
    • Investigate the relationship between resistance and maximum power output.
    View experiment details »
  6. 6 Solar Panel Output: Effect of Shade

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Set up the data-collection equipment.
    • Measure the power output of three Solar Panels with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
    • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.
    View experiment details »
  7. 7 Solar Panel Output: Effect of Angle

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Measure and power output of a Solar Panel with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
    • Explore how power output is affected by changes in the angle of the Solar Panel.
    • Investigate the relationship between angle and maximum power output.
    View experiment details »
  8. 8 Pumping Water with Solar Energy

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Set up the data-collection equipment.
    • Measure the power usage of the small water pump with a Vernier Energy Sensor.
    • Use data-collection software to calculate mean (average) values.
    • Use data-collection software to determine maximum values.
    • Compare water pump power usage vs. number of solar panels.
    • Measure water flow efficiency vs. number of solar panels.
    View experiment details »
  9. 9 Exploring Surface Temperature

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Measure the surface temperature of different colored surfaces.
    • Investigate the effect that surface color has on surface temperature.
    • Verify that solar energy can be transformed into heat energy.
    View experiment details »
  10. 10 Project: Solar Homes

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Vernier Surface Temperature Sensor to measure the temperature inside the house
    • 1, 2, or 3 KidWind 2 V Solar Panels to power the KidWind Motor
    • KidWind Motor to use as a fan
    View experiment details »
  11. 11 Project: What's Cookin'?

    Sensors and Accessories

    We recommend​ one of each per lab station unless otherwise indicated

    Objectives

    • Use a Vernier Surface Temperature Sensor to measure temperature inside the oven
    • Container: cardboard box with a maximum depth, height, and width of 40 cm
    • Foil: maximum sheet of 120 cm in length
    • Plastic wrap: maximum sheet length of 120 cm in length
    • Construction paper: 3 sheets, any color
    View experiment details »

You May Also Need

Our interfaces require data-collection software for use with computers. Our computer software and lab book include a site license.

Logger Lite

Logger Lite Software

Logger Lite is our free data-collection and analysis application for Windows and Mac.

LabQuest Viewer

LabQuest Viewer Software

Project your LabQuest 2 screen via Wi-Fi or remotely monitor student progress by viewing student LabQuests.

Unit price: $79

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Investigating Solar Energy

11 ready-to-use experiments with student instructions, essential instructor information, and safety information. Purchase of the electronic or print version provides 24/7 access through your Vernier account to up-to-date word-processing files so you can customize experiments. The site license allows you to share files with others in your school or college department.

Unit price: $25

Ordering Information

The quantities below were calculated from the quantities entered above for your experiments. If you adjust any quantity below, it will override the quantity from above.

All prices shown are for U.S. educators.

Interface and SensorsOrder CodePriceQuantity
LabQuest 2LABQ2$329
LabQuest MiniLQ-MINI$149
Vernier Energy SensorVES-BTA$79
Surface Temperature SensorSTS-BTA$23
Solar Energy Exploration KitKW-SEEK$75
Vernier Resistor BoardVES-RB$18
You May Also Need
Logger LiteFree basic, data-collection software
LabQuest ViewerIncludes a site license for your school or science departmentLQ-VIEW$79
Investigating Solar EnergyBuy one book for your school or science departmentELB-SOLAR$25

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