Students in STEAM 2 Course Create Proposals for Building Solar Power Plants
As part of Saint Patrick High School’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) program, students in this summer’s STEAM 2 course focused on developing a case study of solar energy. The students in the second year of the program learned the science – chemistry and physics – behind how a solar panel collects and generates electricity and with their own solar panels, recorded hourly readings for solar energy generated from the Saint Patrick parking lot.
Next, students learned how to design electric circuits, applying Ohm’s and Kirchhoff’s laws to produce electrical voltages and currents within usable ranges, for different devices. For this portion of the class, they were able to brainstorm the factors that would affect the efficiency of generating electric power via solar panels. Students developed a simple mathematical model factoring in a city’s latitude, time of year and time of day to predict how much solar power could be generated from an exact geo-location.
The STEAM program at Saint Patrick High School strives to help students think deeply and be prepared to transform into future innovators, educators, researchers and leaders who can solve challenges our world faces today and in the future. There are currently 60 students enrolled in the program to begin the 2019-2020 school year. To learn more, please visit www.stpatrick.org/academics/steam.