The next step for this project is the full development of The Power Curriculum. I am also planning to develop Audio, Video, Robotics, Automation & Automotive curricula. Some of the ideas for those will be released soon.
There are many ways power can be harvested & used. The Retro Modules framework can help students safely learn about & test power-related hypotheses. At this point, I have a rough outline of what the curriculum will include & have included it below. I expect to be able to have the curriculum more clearly defined by the end of the year. More to come!
- Lessons & experiments discussing popular naturally occurring power sources:
- 12V Nominal Automotive Solar Panel Retro Module experiment
- PC Fan Retro Module + Wind Source experiment
- Water Flow Turbine Retro Module + Water Source experiment
- Lessons & experiments discussing Batteries:
- 9V Lb battery with identifying resistor & EBC connector experiment
- 9V NiMH battery with identifying resistor & EBC connector experiment
- 3x 9V NiMH battery pack with 1W thermal sensors, identifying resistors & EBC connector experiment
- Lessons & experiments discussing Chargers:
- Hobbyist multi-cell battery charger & LiPo battery experiment
- 1x battery charger with EBC connector adapter experiment
- 1x battery charger with microcontroller which auto-detects cell count & chemistry of an EBC-connector-equipped battery pack as well as monitors the temperature of each cell experiment