Introduction to Solar Electricity

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Learning Outcomes

By the end of this activity, learners will:
  • Identify how solar heat can be converted into electricity
  • Understand how photovoltaic cells function in converting solar heat into electricity
  • Identify application of solar electricity in daily life
  • Learn about the solar electricity projects in Indigenous communities across Canada

Curriculum Connections

Science 7: Heat and Temperature
Science 9: Electrical Principles and Technologies
Science 10: Energy Flow in Technological Systems
Science 14: Understanding Energy Transfer Technologies
Science 24: Understanding Common Energy Conversion systems
Science 30: Energy and the Environment (D1.4, D1.5k, D1.3s, D2.3k, D2.4k, D2.1sts, D2.3s, D2.4s)

Science & Technology 6: Electricity and Electrical Devices (1.1)
Science & Technology 7: Heat in the Environment (1.2)
Science 9: The Characteristics of Electricity (Academic) (E1.2)
Electrical Applications (Applied) (E1.1)

Environmental Science 11: Scientific Solutions to Contemporary
Environmental Changes (U/C Preparation) (B1.2)
  • Conversion of Energy (U/C Preparation) (F1.1)
  • Energy Conservation (Workplace Preparation) (D1.2)
Physics 11: Electricity and Magnetism (F1.2)
Physics 12: Energy Transformation (E1.1, E1.2)
Chemistry 12: Energy Changes and Rates of Reactions (D1.1)

Length of Activity

1 hour

Materials List

  • Internet enabled device
  • Introduction to Solar Electricity Backgrounder

Online Lesson Format