Kinesthetically Connecting Students to Power Produced by Photovoltaic Panels

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Educating the public about photovoltaics as a power-producing technology has proven to be challenging. Qualities a person associates with power production like motion, sound, smoke, and vibration are not present with photovoltaics panels as there are none of the moving parts commonly associated with power production. To assist students in connecting with solar power, we help them feel the power by pedaling a bike to power a generator and then comparing their output to that of a nearby solar panel. This connects the student kinesthetically instead of through the abstraction of power represented by numbers and units.

Original languageAmerican English
Number of pages4
StatePublished - 15 Oct 2014
Event40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014 - Denver, United States
Duration: 8 Jun 201413 Jun 2014


Conference40th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialist Conference, PVSC 2014
Country/TerritoryUnited States

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© 2014 IEEE.

NREL Publication Number

  • NREL/CP-5H00-61325


  • bike power
  • education
  • educators
  • engineering education
  • K-12 education
  • kinesthetics
  • photovoltaics
  • power engineering education
  • power production
  • students
  • teaching


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