## Quantum Dot Solar Cells (QDSC) First-Year Engineering Projects (SAMPLE)

- Overview
- Introduction to Group - explanation students receive
- QDSC Modeling Activity memo
- QDSC Simulation Design Project memo
- Introduction to Quantum Dots
- Introduction to Solar Cells
- Sample Student Questions about Design Project

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### Overview

- design projects
- engineering education research
- engineering + nanotechnology
- first-year engineering
- model
- model-eliciting activities
- model-eliciting activity
- Modeling & Simulation
- modelling
- modelling and simulation
- Nanotechnologies and Solar panels
- nanotechnology education
- nanotechnology education research
- nanotechnology + engineering
- quantum dots
- simulation and modeling
- simulation based education
- simulation-based learning
- simulation development

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__Overview__

This group presents materials about two projects used in a first-year engineering course at Purdue University that were developed by the nanoHUB team. The first project was to develop a mathematical model to solve a problem for a client. The second project was to use their mathematical model as the basis for the design of a simulation tool. Each project took about half of the semester to complete. The context of both projects was an application of nanotechnology - solar panel fabrication. The students were to develop a mathematical model to optimize mixtures of quantum dot materials to minimize cost, toxicity, or cost and toxicity while achieving particular band gap energy. The first project focused on the development of a mathematical model to solve the given problem. This project was submitted in the form of a written memo detailing the math model. The second project required students to make their mathematical model into a simulation, identify a direct user for whom this simulation could be useful, and create two to three more simulations to make a cohesive simulation suite for their direct user. The teams’ final simulation was submitted in the form of a MATLAB-based graphical user interface (GUI) and supporting code files.

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__Impact on nanoHUB users__

nanoHUB.org is a collaborative community for researchers, educators, and learners. This group is interested in increasing the pedagogical content to increase the quantity of educators in this community, increase the quality of their experiences by disseminating relevant research, and help increase the effectiveness of learning experiences that they develop for their classrooms.