Construct an Efficient Parabolic Solar Collector
Challenges students to design and construct an efficient parabolic solar collector.
The solar collector will be exposed to a heat source (sun or heat lamp) for a specific amount of time. Temperature sensors will monitor temperature changes along a focal point bar and the reflective surface.
Students actually perform the mathematical layout of a parabola. That parabola will be engineered into a mirrored surface and placed in a special testing device.
The software will monitor and display the last recorded temperature and the maximum temperatures at points along the mirrored surface and at the focal points of the parabola. Students can monitor the effectiveness of their collector over a specific period of time.
The Odyssey Parabolic Collector Challenge Includes:
Recommended for Grades 6-10.
NOTE: Computer Required.
Other versions available (see below).
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Every challenge begins with a comprehensive 7-step problem solving tutorial
Accurate test results will be displayed in a clear easy read format
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Students may analyze test results by viewing various graphs, statistics, and raw data.
Over 50 interactive screens allow the student to research and solve each problem much like real engineers.
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Practical applications of math, science, and communication skills provide an integrated learning experience for the student.
Integrated quizzes with online grading and printed results help track student progress.