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Solar Powered Cars

These sites are about solar powered cars and alternative energy. Find out how photovoltaic cells work, learn about solar car racing teams and competition, and learn how to design and build a solar car of your own, or just a model. Included are two eThemes resources on renewable energy.


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Read about the anatomy of solar cells and how they generate electricity. Click on the "Interactives" link to access the interactive version of this page. NOTE: This site includes ads.
This interactive website about the 2005 North American Solar Challenge includes information on the various aspects of solar vehicle technologies. Includes many graphics accompanied by audio files.
Learn how solar panels can power a car on this site. Includes videos. NOTE: This site contains ads.
Here are several discussion questions and activities exploring solar energy. The main activity is to design and build a model solar car.
Here is more technical and practical information about building a working solar car, including schematics, parts suppliers, and fundraisers.
Here is a hands-on science activity using a solar cell to power a motor.
This page explains how to estimate the power from several alternative energy sources, including solar cells.
Learn about Missouri's own solar powered car team and their vehicle: Solar Miner VIII.
Learn about the solar car designed by students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Read about past vehicles and races, learn how the cars work, or view a photo gallery.
Learn about the solar car and team at Principia College and the races they have participated in.
These websites are about energy resources, but renewable and non-renewable. You can find information on fossil fuels, solar power, wind power, geothermal energy, hydroelectricity, biomass energy, fuel cells, and nuclear power. There are statistics, experiments, videos, interviews with scientists, and lesson plans.
These sites deal with energy in many forms, both renewable and non-renewable. Learn about hydropower, fossil fuels, nuclear, wave energy, fuel cells, solar, geothermal, wind, and biomass. Students can view many photographs on energy. Included are eThemes resources on windmills and energy.

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