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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.


This is the AAM of 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. Copyright ASEE/IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference, it is made available here CC-BY-NC-ND, and the version of record is available at