Last updated: July 27, 2020
Science Subject: Our Energy Resources
Area level: Community-scale
Environmental Area: Energy
Purpose: Understand renewable energy generation of the Swonder Ice Arena and develop awareness of solar power generation
BACKGROUND FOR THE TEACHER
The City of Evansville installed the first municipal renewable energy project in Evansville, placing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels on the roofs of the Swonder Ice Arena (16.8kW) in 2012. The Swonder solar panels were the largest array in the city and provide approximately 21,312 kWh of electricity annually.
The purpose of this activity is to enhance students’ skills in multiplication and division. This activity uses the actual amount of solar electricity generation of Swonder Ice Arena.
worksheet & answer key
Using the actual amount of electricity generation from solar panels on Swonder Ice Arena, students are asked to multiply and divide 2-digit numbers. Questions include, “Average household uses 29 kWh of electricity everyday. With the solar panels, how many households can use electricity from the sun? “The electricity price in Indiana was used for commercial sector in April 2020 which was obtained from U.S EIA.