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Investigating Photovoltaic Cells (Developed by SEPUP)

kit #220S

Students use photovoltaic cells to transform energy from sunlight into electrical energy as they investigate solar energy as an example of a renewable energy source.
They explore how to power a motor using the photovoltaic cells and investigate some factors that affect the cells' ability to transform light energy into electricity.
They then discuss the advantages and disadvantages of using solar energy.

Accommodates unlimited classes, each with 6 groups of 4 students


  • Energy is transferred in many ways
  • Electrical circuits provide a means of transferring electrical energy
  • The Sun is a major source of energy
  • Students design and conduct a scientific investigation
  • Students develop descriptions, explanations, predictions, and models using evidence

Content List in Investigating Photovoltaic Cells (Developed by SEPUP) is as follows:

Quantity Description
1 Teacher’s Guide with MSDS
28 Student Worksheets and Guides
6 Electric motors
6 Photovoltaic cells
6 Red wire leads with clips
6 Black wire leads with clips
6 Cardboard sunshields
1 Transparency: Sample Procedure and Data Table
Recommended number of students
maximum 24 per class
Number of groups
6 per class
Number of classes
unlimited (no consumable materials)

To complete this kit requires one to two ~50 minute periods

Title Item # Price Quantity
Investigating Photovoltaic Cells 220S $182.30
ADD A GROUP for Investigating Photovoltaic Cells 220SEL $30.85