Download the free teaching resource: 'Our solar powered future' (PowerPoint, 860 kb).
Can you imagine how a solar powered refrigerator could save lives in a disaster zone? Or how glowing street furniture could light up a neighbourhood? A new generation of solar cells could make this possible. Thin, coloured, translucent and even flexible, these solar cells are about to become part of our daily lives in unexpected ways.
Solar powered street furniture © Tonatiuh Ambrosetti and Daniela Droz
This resource showcases some groundbreaking ideas created by students from four of the top design schools in the world, as part of the 2009 ‘Sunny Memories’ project run by the EPFL+ECAL Lab. Each of their designs suggests a novel way to utilise solar energy, and demonstrates the amazing potential of solar cells.
Teaching activities: Key stages 2-4
Design and technology – using the images as examples, ask your students to design their own product utilising new solar cells. Encourage them to explain how their design could improve people’s lives. Alternatively students could evaluate the designs showcased in the resource.
Citizenship – some of these images showcase designs for use in the public realm. Ask your students to consider who makes decisions about the look and feel of our public environment. Which of the proposed products do they feel could make an impact on their local area? What sort of impact?
Green Day – a climate change event for schools
Use ‘Our solar powered future’ PowerPoint resource to help you deliver key activities from the free Green Day teachers’ activity kit available on CABE’s website. You will find it particularly useful to support the topic of ‘Solar powered future’ on page 35.
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