KELVIN® Odyssey™ Active Solar Collector Challenge Package

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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.

The Odyssey Solar Collector Challenge Complete Package Includes:

  • Computer with 17" LCD Display
  • Pre-Loaded Active Solar Collector Challenge Software (Compatible with Windows XP-7)
  • Data Acquisition Interface NOW with USB Port
  • USB Computer Cable
  • [2] Temperature Sensors with a 10 ft. Cable Assembly
  • Test Device
  • [1] 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.

Other versions available (see below).

Every challenge begins with a comprehensive 7-step problem solving tutorial
Accurate test results will be displayed in a clear easy read format
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.
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.