Mimicking Nature - Using our Knowledge of Photosynthesis to Generate Electricity

Lesson Objective:  Students will use their knowledge of how photosynthesis works (light reactions only) to understand how a solar cell works.  This will mark their introduction into the field of biomimicry.  Students will appreciate how understanding nature can help us understand how to manage our own processes such as electrical production.



Above is an amazing video on biomimicry by Janine Beynus - it discusses how nature does things with the future in mind (15 min).


plant leaf solar cells

Task:

1.  Click here to download the Mimicking Nature Worksheet.  Fill in the worksheet as you go through the smartboard presentation.

2.  Click on NOVA:  How do solar panels Work to go to their website.