The hands on approach used to introduce the principles of renewable energy resources to high school students are presented in this paper. This approach was implemented for the eleven students who attended the STEM summer camp at West Virginia University Institute of Technology (WVU Tech) in summer 2015. The course was designed to include from the basic concepts of electricity to wind and solar energy as well as energy storage. First, the students were able to measure the grid power characteristics using an Electricity Usage Monitor. Then, they learned how to measure voltage and current using multi-meters. Next, they were introduced to the idea of renewable energy using the Alternative Energy Conversion Kit. After these preliminary steps, the students started to conduct experimentations of solar photovoltaic cells, solar thermal energy devices, wind turbines, and fuel cells. Through these experiments the students discovered (not lectured) the principles of operations of these units, the effects of various parameters on their performance, and their pros and cons. The students’ performance on the pre-and post-quizzes showed a significant improvement in students understanding. Their feedback also indicated that while they learned a lot, they had a fun time and enjoyed the course.
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