By Cameron Chai
Dow Corning, a global company devoted to research, development and production of silicon-based materials utilized in a number of clean energy technologies, has declared the introduction of a new syllabus focused on solar power generation for middle schools.
The program was formulated in association with National Education Association (NEA), American Chemistry Society (ACS) and Earth Day Network (EDN) and it is designed to showcase the basics and potency of renewable solar energy and advancements in energy efficiency.
The new curriculum comprises four all-inclusive lesson plans that are compatible to set national standards of learning. EDN has prepared the lessons with contributions from the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE), ACS, NEA and Dow Corning. Each lesson plan is intended to get covered in two or three class periods and the concerned teachers are at liberty to use their own prudence to decide the length of time required to cover individual plans and its components.
The four lesson plans included in the curriculum are such as introduction to Solar Energy and Overview, the way solar panels work, the evolution history of solar panels and the inherent advantages of utilizing solar power.
The curriculum, which is available online for downloading will also be featured during the U.S. Department of Energy sponsored, ‘Solar Decathlon 2011’ to be featured in the Student Welcome & Education Center, in which Dow Corning contributes as sustaining sponsor. The Decathlon is slated to take place in Washington DC from Sep-23 to Oct-2.