Subject:
Mathematics
Science
Arts

Topics: PhysicsStatisticsVisual Arts
Common Core State Standard: 8.EE.5,
Concepts:

Mathematics:

· Real Numbers
· Statistics
· Linear Equations

Science:

· Understands the energy unit “kilowatt-hour”
· Understands the concept “power”
· Understands the concept “energy”

Arts:

· Visual Arts (Graphics)

Knowledge and Skills:

Mathematics:

· Can use positive and negative numbers to represent a situation in which an initial investment is recouped over a period of time.
· Can plan and execute a survey with responses to a set of questions from a set of individuals, and summarize the results using appropriate statistical measures and graphical representations.
· Can use linear equation to model a situation in which an initial investment is recouped at a constant rate.

Arts:

· Can create an attractive “one-sheet” describing a service or product.

Lesson:

Procedure: This project should be done by students individually or in teams of two.

Distribute the handout and read it with students. Then review the key points of the assignment:

· Create a single sheet that explains the benefits of the panels.

· Calculate how long it will take for the panel to pay for itself.

(You may either tell students the cost of electricity in your area or provide them with a copy of an electric bill and have them figure it out.)

For an algebra class, you may require students to determine the linear function that represents the “total savings” from using a panel as a function of time (which would start at -\$2000.00 at time zero). However, this problem can also be solved without algebra.

· Design and execute a survey (which can be carried out with other students in the school or as a homework assignment).

· Research the environmental benefits of using solar panels.

Make sure these points are understood by all students, and give them a due date and schedule for working on the project.

School-to-Career Connection: Tour a facility which manufactures solar panels, or invite a representative of a company which installs such panels to visit your classroom.