Solar Power

Does the angle of my solar panel really impact the power output that much? Find out with this lesson that is designed to test that exact question. We will review the basics when it comes to solar energy generation; the distance from the earth to the sun, the path of the sun across the sky, how a solar panel works, and how to choose the best angle when looking to use solar power on a stationary object.

Utilizing a solar panel, multimeter and a protractor students will investigate how the angle of the solar panel, relative to the sun’s position, impacts the output of the solar panel. By taking measurements at different angles the students will get to see the importance of being able to move their solar panel towards the sun during the races.

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Curriculum Standards

Health & Physical Education

  • 2.1.8.A.3
  • 2.2.8.A.2
  • 2.2.8.B.2
  • 2.2.8.C.1


  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP4
  • CCSS.Math.Practice.MP7
  • CCSS.Math.Content.6.NS.B.3


  • 5.1.8.A.2
  • 5.1.8.B.[1&2]
  • 5.1.8.D.[1-3]
  • 5.2.8.C.2
  • 5.2.8.D.2
  • 5.2.8.E.1
  • 5.4.8.C.3

Life & Career Skills

  • 9.1.8.A.1
  • 9.1.8.A.4
  • 9.1.8.B.1
  • 9.1.8.C.[1-3]

Sustainable Hunterdon

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Sustainable Hunterdon contact
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