Hoover High School’s Physics courses emphasize how Physics concepts and principle learned in class apply in the real world. In one unit, students examined energy options for the future, particularly what can be done to expand the usage of renewable energy sources, such as solar and wind power. Students were given a hands-on opportunity to apply the mechanical and electrical principles they learned by actually building and racing a solar-powered car. The project also helped deepen students' understanding of the strengths and limitations of solar-powered devices, such as using them at night or on cloudy days. Students discussed options for improving the overall utility of solar-powered devices by adding power storage capabilities or combining solar with other sources of power. The class kept students engaged and they had a lot of fun with the project. For more information, contact AP Physics teacher Vince Andrews or Principal Chuck Podhorsky at (619) 283-6281 x2104.
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