Kim Develops an Interactive Satellite Solar Lab as a Third Century Initiative
Jong-Jin Kim has developed a mobile interactive tool, Interactive Satellite Solar Lab, in order to expand the venue of learning beyond the classroom. Tethered wirelessly, the satellite lab will empower students to examine the real-time performance of solar energy systems in real world settings. Using the interactive lab, a team of students will field-test energy production from photovoltaic systems located at outdoor sites. While the experiments are conducted, collected data and a live video stream will be transmitted to the instructor and students in the classroom via the Internet. Alternatively, the instructor could be located at a field site and demonstrate experiments remotely to students in the classroom. The visual images from field experiments will be simulcast to the students in the classroom. The data gathered from the field will be transmitted to the students’ computers in real-time. The field team and the classroom group will be able to discuss field conditions, make decisions, and evaluate the collected data interactively. The Interactive Satellite Solar Lab will be used in teaching two building technology courses offered by Taubman College. Kim was assisted by Alexandra Werth, a senior in the architecture program and graduate architecture student Naree Byun.
The project is funded by a grant from Transforming Learning for a Third Century. TLTC represents a funding mechanism associated with the student learning component of the Third Century Initiative. TLTC was launched by the Student Learning Advisory Committee on behalf of the Provost. The TLTC grant program aims to fund the most exciting and innovative ideas from across the University of Michigan campus to enhance engaged, action-based learning for U-M students.