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Research Experience for Secondary School Teachers on Renewable Energy: Design and Implementation of a Small Scale Solar Tracker

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2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference


Washington, District of Columbia

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April 6, 2018

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April 6, 2018

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April 7, 2018

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Rocio Alba-Flores Georgia Southern University

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Rocio Alba-Flores received her M.S. and Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering from Tulane University. She is an Associate Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering at Georgia Southern University. Her main areas of interest include engineering education, control systems, robotics, digital systems, microprocessors, and signal and image processing.

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Tricia Kirkland

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This paper describes the experiences gained during the first year implementation of a Research Experiences for Teachers (RET) in Renewable Energy (ENERGY) at Georgia Southern University (GSU). RET is a NSF grant program that supports the professional development for secondary school teachers with emphasis on hands-on laboratory research and experiences in STEM fields. The paper also refers to the teachers’ experiences gained at the GSU Engineering Research Labs during the summer 2017. Participants in the RET program completed 280 hours (seven weeks) of training and research experience in renewable energy topics. About 50 hours were devoted to lectures and workshops, and the rest, about 230 hours, were research activities, collaborating in research teams with undergraduate and graduate students, and engineering professors. Participants also developed lessons for their courses that were delivered to their own students during the 2017-2018 school year. The lessons were directly related to the experiences that teachers gained in the summer.

Alba-Flores, R., & Kirkland, T. (2018, April), Research Experience for Secondary School Teachers on Renewable Energy: Design and Implementation of a Small Scale Solar Tracker Paper presented at 2018 ASEE Mid-Atlantic Section Spring Conference, Washington, District of Columbia. 10.18260/1-2--29478

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