In this course, you will explore some of the science, technology, math, and engineering that is used to harvest energy from renewable energy resources such as wind and solar. This will be accomplished through practice assignments, hands-on experiments and mini-projects that will lead to the final course design project of constructing a plan for providing wind and solar energy to a state or country of your interest.
By the end of the course, you will be able to:
• Recognize energy basics and different forms of energy.
• Explain the key differences between renewable and non-renewable energy sources.
• Demonstrate how wind energy is harvested from modern wind turbines.
• Understand how solar energy is harvested by solar PV panels and by concentrated solar power plants.
• Design, build and test simple devices to capture solar and wind energy.
You will have an opportunity to obtain first-hand knowledge of the college-level engineering learning experience, which fosters independent research and thinking, collaboration among peers and with the faculty. For example, you will report the outcomes of renewable energy experiments by preparing a written college-level scientific reports that are well-documented and appropriately referenced. You will also become familiar with the engineering design process and will be better prepared for future study in engineering.
While there are no pre-requisites, students who have basic algebra skills are best prepared to participate in this course.
Online sections of Pre-College courses are offered in one of the following modalities: Asynchronous, Mostly asynchronous, or Blended. Please review full information regarding the experience here.