Thermoelectric Devices



In this lesson students will learn about thermoelectric devices (TED) and plot Voltage Vs Temperature graphs for the devices. Thermoelectric devices work two ways. When a voltage is applied to them one side gets hot and the other side cools. Some travel coolers work this way. The other mode works the opposite way. When the device is subjected to a temperature difference, it produces a voltage. It is like a solar cell that responds to heat.

Lesson Time 2 Class Periods

30 Minutes
Lab Activity
60 Minutes
Debrief/ Assessment
30 Minutes

Industries / Subjects / Grades

Industries / Pathways
  • Engineering & Architecture Engineering & Architecture

Standards and Objectives


California Academic Content Standards (6)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (5)

Related Instructional Objectives (SWBAT...)

  • Students will discover what a Thermoelectric device is.
  • Students will measure the output of a Thermoelectric device
  • Students will imagine and write a paragraph about new uses for Thermoelectric devices

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