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ETHR-ENRG Smart Solar Project Kits

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2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access


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July 26, 2021

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July 26, 2021

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July 19, 2022

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Energy Conversion and Conservation Division Technical Session 2: Solar Track

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Energy Conversion and Conservation

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Danielle S. Washington North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University

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Danielle Washington is a first year graduate student majoring in Information Technology at North Carolina A&T State University. Danielle obtained her Bachelor of Science in Electronics/Computer Systems Engineering Technology from North Carolina A&T State University as well. She also obtained an Associate of Applied Science in Electrical/Electronics Engineering Technology from Guilford Technical Community College. She is a very perseverant, ambitious and analytical individual.

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Evelyn Sowells-Boone North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University Orcid 16x16

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Dr. Evelyn R. Sowells-Boone is an associate professor in the Computer Systems Technology department at North Carolina A&T State University’s College of Science and Technology. Prior to joining the School of Technology faculty, she held position at U.S. Department of Energy, N.C. A&T’s Division of Research and College of Engineering. Dr. Sowells earned a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from North Carolina A&T State University’s College of Engineering. She also holds a M.S. and B.S in Computer Science with a concentration in software engineering from the same university. Her primary research interests are in the areas of efficient digital systems design and STEM education. As a result of her work, she has numerous peer reviewed journal and conference publications. She recently authored a book entitled “Low Power Self-Timed Size Optimization for an Input Data Distribution,” which explores innovative techniques to reduce power consumption for portable electronic devices. She was recently awarded the 2016 Chair’s award for Rookie Researcher of the year in the Computer System Technology department. Dr. Sowells is the lead investigator of the Females in Technology (FiT) summer boot camp grant project for academically gifted low income rising senior and junior high girls for recruitment into the technology degree areas. She is also the co-PI of the Aggie STEM Minority Male Maker grant project focused on early exposure to technology to stimulate interest in technology of middle school minority males. Evelyn is not only outstanding in teaching and research, but also in service. She recently received the 2013 Chair’s Award for Outstanding Service in the Department of Computer System Technology and is a member of Upsilon Phi Epsilon, Computer Science Honor Society, American Society of Engineering Education’s Electronic Technology and Women in Engineering Divisions, and American Association of University Women.

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ETHR-ENRG Smart Solar Project Kits

Smart Solar Project Kits Abstract: We present the design, development and implementation of user-friendly lesson plans that provide high-level explanations of solar energy concepts. The project kits will be available in novice, intermediate and advanced difficulty levels . We have chosen this project, because although solar energy is growing in both popularity and efficiency, there are very few educational programs or resources available to students to provide them with the knowledge and skills required to understand, develop, and implement solar power. Our Smart Solar Project Kits will educate users on the benefits of solar energy using an exciting, tactical, and educational approach, explain the functions, processes, and uses of solar panels using detailed imagery and fundamental guidelines, and provide essential sources of subject matter while building knowledgeable skill sets in correlation with clean energy practices. I will present the novice, intermediate and advanced level project kits, how they were developed and how they work. Poster Presentation

Washington, D. S., & Martin, T. D., & Sowells-Boone, E. (2021, July), ETHR-ENRG Smart Solar Project Kits Paper presented at 2021 ASEE Virtual Annual Conference Content Access, Virtual Conference.

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