Agrivoltaics Citizen Science: A Model for Collaboration between Engineers and K-12 Schools

Stuart Bowden, Michelle Jordan, Alex Killam, Janet Ankrum, Ruth Anderson, Diane Hernandez, Amy McBeth, Ember McCall, Brian Piendl, Mayra Ramos-Molina, Tamra Smith, La Verne Tijerina, Gabe Adams, Alyssa Cortez

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2 Scopus citations


This paper reports on a project that brings together photovoltaics engineers with 4th-12th-grade teachers and students to test agrivoltaics applications using citizen science. A summer research experience for teachers (RET) program engaged teachers in building and programming a novel agrivoltaic school garden monitoring device facilitated by photovoltaics engineering researchers. The teachers and their students will design and install school gardens for their own community purposes and collect data on garden conditions with and without solar panels covering the crops. A set of curriculum materials are outlined to support implementation across multiple contexts.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publication2021 IEEE 48th Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
PublisherInstitute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.
Number of pages3
ISBN (Electronic)9781665419222
StatePublished - Jun 20 2021
Event48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021 - Fort Lauderdale, United States
Duration: Jun 20 2021Jun 25 2021

Publication series

NameConference Record of the IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference
ISSN (Print)0160-8371


Conference48th IEEE Photovoltaic Specialists Conference, PVSC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CityFort Lauderdale


  • K-12 education
  • agrivoltaics
  • citizen science

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Control and Systems Engineering
  • Industrial and Manufacturing Engineering
  • Electrical and Electronic Engineering


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