The solar panel project at Paintsville High School will be used to develop new educational activities to integrate with existing curricula, including the New Generation Science Standards (NGSS). The solar installation will promote our school’s on-going environmental education program and be used to promote conservation practices within our school and ultimately our community. Utilization of solar energy on campus will build upon current energy conservation practices and serve as yet another way t o reduce our carbon footprint. The proposed project will allow for discussions about climate change, the greenhouse effect, renewable energy sources and conservation. In addition, the advantages and disadvantages of solar
energy used in Kentucky as a realistic alternative to fossil fuels will be examined. The project will also connect students t o a variety of science concepts and issues within the following areas: Sustainability/Carbon Footprints; Renewable Energy and Solar Energy (active and passive systems); Climate Change (causes, evidence of and skeptics of climate change, and current climate models); Engineering and experimental design; Energy transformations, Electricity: voltage, amperes, current, resistance, and Electrical Circuit.