NanoSense: Clean Energy: Converting Light Into Energy
This is a lesson module for Grades 9-12 that explores solar energy in two contexts: 1) its role in providing clean energy solutions, and 2) the use of nanoscience in enabling novel energy conversion mechanisms. After a 1-2 day background preparation, students will build and test a nanocrystalline solar cell, then use critical analysis to connect their lab results with the overall driving question of the unit: how do we use nanotechnology and renewable energy sources to address skyrocketing global demand for fuel and electricity? Includes syllabus, lesson plans, pretest and post-test, free student "infobooks", Power Point lecture materials, and assessment ideas. NanoSense is an NSF-funded project developed to promote the teaching of nanoscale science at the high school level.