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Solar Master Planning

195 minutes
Primary subjects: 
Career and Technical Education (CTE): Agriculture, Food & Natural Resources, Career and Technical Education (CTE): Architecture & Construction, Career and Technical Education (CTE): STEM, Engineering, Environmental Education, Science
Grade: 
9, 10, 11, 12
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Students utilize design tools (e.g. online drafting tools) to assess their campus’s capacity and need for solar energy. Students will design a solar master plan to present to their district’s energy management team. For schools that already have solar photovoltaic energy, students can create a master plan for another building or campus in their community.

Community/Career Connections: Students will utilize localized climate data and news from their communities to learn more about what’s going on in their own backyard. Students will have access to various resources to understand the environmental justice history of their area and start to plan their Student Action Project.

Key objectives for students
Utilize design tools (e.g. online drafting tools) to assess their campus’s capacity and need for solar energy
Design a solar master plan to present to their district’s energy management team
Create a master plan for another building or campus in their community
Topics
Energy, Renewable energy, electrical energy, electrical generation process, energy transformation and energy transfer, renewable versus nonrenewable energy sources
Skills
Collaboration, Communication skills, Creative problem solving, Critical Thinking, Digital citizenship, Systems thinking
Values
Curiosity, Optimism, Resilience
Methods
Brain-Based Learning, Design Thinking, Multi-Disciplinary, Multiple Intelligences, Project-Based Learning, Real-World Application, Technology Integration
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