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by shawn
Sun May 17, 2020 2:34 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Infrared (IR) (thermal) cameras, how to use for education and profit
Replies: 0
Views: 137

Infrared (IR) (thermal) cameras, how to use for education and profit

A quick guide to using and teaching about infrared cameras. WindowsAndPaperCranes.jpg The photographer facing "clear" glass will get a self-portrait. This shows how taking an IR picture of glass does not show much about the glass, it shows a reflection of something usually irrelevant to a heat-stud...
by shawn
Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:01 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Monitoring solar power plants at field trip sites
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Walden Pond Visitor Center, Massachusetts, USA, PV monitoring

Here's where you can see data since 2016 for the photovoltaic production at Walden Pond Visitor Center in Concord, Massachusetts. As of 2020, the system is 105kW, with eight inverters. https://monitoringpublic.solaredge.com/solaredge-web/p/site/public?name=Walden%20Pond%20Visitor%20Center&locale=en_...
by shawn
Sat Feb 15, 2020 6:06 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Monitoring solar power plants at field trip sites
Replies: 1
Views: 528

Monitoring solar power plants at field trip sites

Before and after visiting a field trip site, or even just for a virtual field trip, students can see how photovoltaic systems at the site are producing electricity. For some sites, users can see animations of the production of each module each 15 minutes, so they can watch shadows proceed over the m...
by shawn
Fri Jan 17, 2020 2:06 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Homeschool huge list of field trips
Replies: 0
Views: 595

Homeschool huge list of field trips

Here's a huge list of field trip ideas for states and provinces:
https://www.homeschoolbuyersco-op.org/field-trips/
by shawn
Sat Apr 13, 2019 7:07 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: Circuit Lab, a camp in New England
Replies: 0
Views: 5639

Circuit Lab, a camp in New England

https://www.circuit-lab.com Circuit Lab offers dozens of after school and summer camp programs for ages 6-14. Circuit Lab can also take circuit curriculum to schools. Experienced circuits-educators should note that they often need to hire lead and assistant instructors for these programs. They have...
by shawn
Sat Oct 27, 2018 5:21 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: IEEE STEM Ed conf call for papers
Replies: 0
Views: 4659

IEEE STEM Ed conf call for papers

This information from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. The 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education Conference (ISEC '19) McDonnell and Jadwin Halls, Princeton University Princeton, NJ, March 16, 2019 http://ewh.ieee.org/conf/stem Submissions to the 9th IEEE Integrated STEM Education...
by shawn
Thu Jun 14, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Lesson Plans
Topic: Ways to represent energy transfers
Replies: 0
Views: 7298

Ways to represent energy transfers

I'm going to update this draft with references and images, please bear with me. Energy Bar Graphs See Etkina and all. Physics of Everyday Thinking Leibniz Institute for Science and Mathematics Energy Transfer Model Boxes for each system, say Sun and car, containing bracketed changes in indicators, s...
by shawn
Fri May 04, 2018 2:27 pm
Forum: Electronics
Topic: X-Band motion detection
Replies: 0
Views: 5023

X-Band motion detection

The Lending Library at EnergyTeachers.org has recently acquired a SimplyTronics X-Band Motion Detector (XBMD). http://simplytronics.com/products/ST-00018 The device is commonly used to detect motion of any object within 10 meters, using doppler shifted reflections of its transmitted radio. Radio wav...
by shawn
Thu Mar 22, 2018 2:47 pm
Forum: Equipment
Topic: Mini-grants for equipment in Massachusetts
Replies: 0
Views: 7475

Mini-grants for equipment in Massachusetts

Educators who are members of Massachusetts Association of Science Teachers (MAST) can apply for five $200 awards for re-usable equipment like the tools we study here at EnergyTeachers.org. For example $200 could help purchase an excellent solar cooker for safely baking cupcakes and engaging students...
by shawn
Sat Mar 10, 2018 6:24 pm
Forum: Field Trips
Topic: Renewable Energy Field Trips near Rochester NY
Replies: 1
Views: 9718

Re: Renewable Energy Field Trips near Rochester NY

Imaginarium opened in Irondequoit this winter (2018). My brother went there today. It has many interesting features and exhibits, and gives tours.
https://imaginarium.i-square.us
Imaginarium water wheel Rochester NY800.jpg
A water wheel at Imaginarium Rochester, photo by Tobias Hirsch
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by shawn
Thu Nov 03, 2016 12:35 am
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Circuits for teaching science workshop
Replies: 0
Views: 9876

Circuits for teaching science workshop

This is a discussion for anyone who has taken any of our circuits workshops. Feel free to ask questions or make comments on the workshop. Handy links Shawn's introduction to circuits for the purpose of learning about other science: http://shawnreeves.net/wiki/index.php?title=Circuits_for_teaching_ph...
by shawn
Fri Oct 21, 2016 1:44 pm
Forum: Open Forum
Topic: Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use?
Replies: 0
Views: 8873

Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use?

Why should physics courses discuss energy production and use? Students are interested in energy. Some students who would not otherwise be interested in physics would be interested. Students might want to study energy science and engineering and policy in college The general population needs more in...
by shawn
Wed Aug 10, 2016 5:34 pm
Forum: Lesson Plans
Topic: teaching energy
Replies: 3
Views: 9097

Re: teaching energy

I took a workshop at the American Association of Physics Teachers conference last month, and we explored an activity where groups of four students kept tabs on energy at the surface, lower atmosphere, and higher atmosphere, as the emissivity in far IR of the lower and upper atmospheres increased due...
by shawn
Wed Jul 20, 2016 9:56 pm
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45
Replies: 2
Views: 5237

Temperature over time, rice cooker

Here's the output from our HOBO temperature datalogger which was sitting in our rice in the black enameled covered steel pan, on a stand, in a roasting bag, inside the panel cooker. You can see we set the pan to cook at 11:06, we reached pasteurization temperature at about 11:12, and were approachin...
by shawn
Mon Jul 18, 2016 12:45 pm
Forum: Workshop Notes
Topic: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45
Replies: 2
Views: 5237

Re: Solar Cookers for Learning about Materials, Energy, Sensing, and Society 2016 07 16 AAPT W45

Solar Cookers International wants you to know that there is a product of a curriculum working group that should be a good resource for you in using cookers to learn: Want to know how to inspire and educate the next generation of solar cookers? Expert science teacher Mary Buchenic will explain how so...