Caltech scientists, working with local high school science teachers, have created a program called Juice from Juice that teaches concepts related to solar energy in the disciplines of Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Engineering. The main experiment for Juice from Juice is building a dye-sensitized solar cell (see related products). This supplemental kit expands upon the related physics concepts of that kit. Students will explore the properties of light, the relationships of current, voltage and power, and how silicon photo-voltaic solar cells compare to their dye-sensitized solar cells.
For a class of 30 in pairs (or slightly more with groups of 3) to test LEDs with the DSSCs. Pairs team up for a group of 6 to use multimeters, silicon solar cells and motors. Multimeters and alligator clips come with the DSSC kit or can be purchased separately.
5 Motors (low voltage)
5 Silicon solar cells (0.5 V, 400mA)
3 Packs of colored light filters
OTHER ITEMS REQUIRED:
5 Digital multimeters*
10 Alligator clips *
*Included with Dye-Sensitized Solar Cell kit
Download lesson plans below. Separated by grade level and discipline.
Grades 3-8 Physics Datasheet
Highschool Physics Datasheet
Download chemical safety MSDS 37pg PDF document.