W. Hutzel and D. Goodman, "Remotely accessible solar energy laboratory for high school students," 34th Annual Frontiers in Education, 2004. FIE 2004., Savannah, GA, 2004, pp. S2D-18, doi: 10.1109/FIE.2004.1408730.
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Solar energy, Laboratories, Temperature sensors, Automatic control, Internet, Solar heating, Photovoltaic systems, Mechanical engineering, Solar power generation, Thermodynamics
A remotely accessible solar energy laboratory has been developed for real-time experimentation using solar heating and photovoltaic equipment that is physically located at Purdue University. Indiana high school students are the first customers for this on-line resource. In addition to sensor data, the web-based laboratory includes lesson plans, tutorials, assessment questions, and a feedback utility. This project is helping science teachers meet new state science standards from the Indiana Department of Education, which call for hands-on laboratory activities and real time data analysis. Remotely accessed labs are becoming popular because they offer the opportunity for large numbers of students to learn from state-of-the-art equipment. The cost of expensive laboratory equipment is easier to justify if it can be widely used.