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Design and build 4 experiments for middle/high schools in remote Peruvian villages

Course: 22.527 Solar Systems Engineering
Semester: Spring 2008
Instructor: John Duffy
Partner: Village Empowerment Peru Project

A group of students in this course designed four laboratory experiments that would fit into a general science, physics, or chemistry course at the middle or high school level in Peruvian villages. These experiments help students learn the basic principles of the photovoltaic effect, how PV cells work, some basic electrical circuitry, and how batteries work. The students wrote the background of each experiment and also wrote the detailed steps for each procedure, providing instruction pamphlets for both the high school students and the teachers. The Solar Systems Design students also assembled the necessary hardware for some of the experiments to be performed in Peru in addition to carrying out the experiments themselves in order to assess their usefulness. One of the experiments was taken down to Peru in the summer of 2008. More experiments are planned for a larger effort to provide them to more schools.