Solar Cell Sandwich

Create a model to learn about how the most common type of solar cell is constructed.

Grades covered: 3 through 12
Curriculum Topics: Solar Energy, Energy Conversion

Standards

Idea Sheets are cross-referenced to subjects listed in the Common Core, Next Generation Science Standards, and California Content Standards.

Common Standards Click to View

Obtain and combine information to describe that energy and fuels are derived from natural resources and their uses affect the environment.||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Earth and Space Science||Earth and Human Activity|||Make observations to provide evidence that energy can be transferred from place to place by sound, light, heat, and electric currents. ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Physical Science||Energy |||Apply scientific ideas to design, test, and refine a device that converts energy from one form to another. [Examples : electric circuits that convert electrical energy into motion energy of a vehicle, light, or sound; and, a passive solar heater that converts light into heat. Examples of constraints: materials, cost, or design time.] ||Next Generation Science Standards||Grade 4||Physical Science||Energy |||Apply scientific principles to design a method for monitoring and minimizing a human impact on the environment||Next Generation Science Standards||Middle School||Earth and Space Science||Earth and Human Activity|||Design, evaluate, & refine a solution for reducing the impacts of human activities on the environment & biodiversity.||Next Generation Science Standards||High School||Life Science||Ecosystems: Interactions, Energy, and Dynamics|||Design, build, & refine a device that works within given constraints to convert one form of energy into another form of energy.||Next Generation Science Standards||High School||Physical Science||Energy

California Standards (Click to View)

1.a. Energy comes from the sun to the Earth in the form of light.||CA Science||Grade 3||01. Physical Sciences||1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.|||1.d. Energy can be carried from one place to another by waves, such as water waves and sound, by electric current, and by moving objects.||CA Science||Grade 3||01. Physical Sciences||1. Energy and matter have multiple forms and can be changed from one form to another.|||1.g. Electrical energy can be converted to heat, light and motion.||CA Science||Grade 4||01. Physical Sciences||1. Electricity and magnetism are related effects that have many useful applications in everyday life.|||4.b. Solar energy reaches Earth through radiation, mostly in the form of visible light.||CA Science||Grade 6||04. Energy in the Earth System||4. Many phenomena on the Earth’s surface are affected by the transfer of energy through radiation and convection currents.|||4.a. The relative amount of incoming solar energy compared with Earth’s internal energy and the energy used by society.||Grade 9-12||04. Earth Sciences||3. Energy in the Earth System||4. Energy enters the Earth system primarily as solar radiation and eventually escapes as heat.|||4.b. The fate of incoming solar radiation in terms of reflection, absorption, and photosynthesis.||Grade 9-12||04. Earth Sciences||3. Energy in the Earth System||4. Energy enters the Earth system primarily as solar radiation and eventually escapes as heat.

Categories include:
  • Earth and Space Science
  • Physical Science
  • Grades 3-5
  • Grades 6-8
  • Science
Tags: Solar System, Energy, Design Solutions, Human Impacts, Natural Resources
Subjects covered: ["Earth\/Space Science","Physical Science"]