General Lab Information


Graphing Solar Energy

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Scientists use and process large amounts of data to build computer models to predict the impact of clouds on solar energy generation. Students are given solar insolation data from the Northeast Solar Energy Research Center (NSERC) to determine the optimal angle for a solar panel to capture energy from the sun.  

Vocabulary: insolation, latitude, linear graph, photovoltaic, pyranometers

Session Information: This activity is available in-person or virtually.

In-Person Session Information Virtual Session Information
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Can book multiple activities in one day
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session
  • 1-hour session, times are flexible
  • One class per session, maximum 30 students per class
  • Secure link to videoconferencing platform will be provided
  • To get the most out of this virtual experience, students should have their own devices with internet access (or work with 1-2 other students on a shared device)
  • $400 (BOCES-aidable) per session

NYS Learning Standards

New York State Science Learning Standards

Disciplinary Core Ideas Crosscutting Concepts Science and Engineering Practices

LS1.A: Structure and Function

LS1.B: Growth and Development of Organisms

LS3.A: Inheritance of Traits

LS3.B: Variation of Traits

Structure and Function

Scale, Proportion, and Quantity


Next Generation Mathematics Learning Standards

Measurement and Data

Next Generation English Language Arts Learning Standards

Speaking and Listening Language

Comprehension and Collaboration
Presentation of Knowledge and Ideas

Vocabulary Acquisition and Use

Intermediate Science Core

Process Skills

Major Understandings

Standard 4, 4 Recognize and analyze patterns and trends.

Standard 1, M1.1a Identify independent and dependent variables.

Standard 1, M2.1a Interpolate and extrapolate from data.

Standard 1, S3.1a Organize results, using appropriate graphs, diagrams, data tables, and other models to show relationships.

Standard 1, S3.1b Generate and use scales, create legends, and appropriately label axes.

Standard 1, S3.2c Evaluate the original hypothesis in light of the data.

Standard 1, S3.2f Make predictions based on experimental data.

Standard 1, S3.2h Use and interpret graphs and data tables.

Standard 2, 1.2 Use spreadsheets and database software to collect, process, display, and analyze information. Students access needed information from electronic databases and on-line telecommunications services.

2.2i Weather describes the conditions of the atmosphere at a given location for a short period of time.

2.2 j Climate is the characteristic weather that prevails from season to season and year to year.

4.1a The sun is a major source of energy for Earth. Other sources include nuclear and geothermal energy.