Students use snap circuits to model power generation, distribution, and use in a traditional grid vs microgrid system. They use the model to develop explanations for how microgrids help keep the lights on in communities during power outages and explore some of the characteristics of microgrids that allow for integration with small-scale renewable energy sources.
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Sustainable Energy Systems
Power generation, electrical circuits, alternative energy
Familiarity with electrical circuits and knowledge of the energy transformations associated with generating electricity is helpful.
Two 50-minute class periods
Snap Circuits Alternative Energy Kits (1 per group, 2-4 students)