Capitalizing on solar energy could be a good alternative to using non-renewable resources for generating electricity for many reasons: Sunlight is available everywhere, solar power does not generate pollution the way fossil fuel-based energy does, and solar panels are becoming more affordable to manufacture. By learning how solar panels can be used to make a solar-powered circuit, we can begin to create the type of technology that could bring electricity to more people around the world.
In this engineering activity, you’ll reverse-engineer a solar circuit to build a simple, inexpensive, and lightweight device that is powered by the sun’s light. Teachers, click here to access the full resource on Science Friday's website.
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