Design and Construct an Active Solar Collector
This activity will challenge students to design and construct an efficient active solar collector system. The collector will be exposed to a heat/light source (sun or heat lamp) for a specific period of time. Sensors placed in a storage container near the collector will monitor the temperature changes. The goal is to reach the highest possible temperature in the solar storage tank during a specific period of time.
The software will monitor and display the temperatures for the ambient (air) temperature as well as the collected temperature. The maximum temperature will be displayed as a real number on the computer screen.
Students will clearly see how effective their collector performs over a specific period of time.
- Laptop with pre-Loaded Active Solar Collector Challenge Software (Windows)
- Data Acquisition Interface with USB Port
- USB Computer Cable
-  Temperature Sensors with a 10 ft. Cable Assembly
- Test Device
-  Absorber Collector Plate (blank plate)
- 15 ft. Vinyl Tubing (material for one collector plate)
- Air Pump
- Storage Container
- Teacher Manual
- Student Worksheets
- Workstation Sign
Recommended for Grades 6-10. Windows, USB.