On Earthday 2016, Rosemont Middle School in Southern California hosted the annual Solar Discovery Faire. The event was organized by Solar Schoolhouse, sponsored by Glendale Water & Power, and run by district teachers and student volunteers. The community was invited to this FREE event as a way to become familiar with solar energy and what we can do with it, through a series of fun hands-on activities. These included making solar whirlygigs, baking clay medallions in solar ovens, making solar greeting cards, racing solar boats, getting creative by etching designs on wood using a magnifying glass, building solar fountains, and sampling solar cooked treats. Families were also able to talk with several local solar vendors about options for their own homes. Solar Discovery Faires are a great way to introduce the Sun, the primary energy source here on Earth, to your community in an accessible and fun manner. Consider including an interactive solar energy activity at your own event, to start the conversation about how sunshine can be a big part of our clean energy future.
We’ve scheduled several showings of this excellent new film “Catching the Sun”. As we celebrate Earth Day this year, this film provides some insight into the growing movement toward a solar-powered world. Scheduled in Glendale CA on April 29th. and Sebastopol, CA on April 27th. for other locations check the film website.
“Award-winning filmmaker and eco-activist Shalini Kantayya’s documentary broadens the often faceless climate change debate to include people of color and explore the possibilities of social and economic justice in a soon-to-be solar-powered world.”
— Julie Anderson, LA Film Festival
The 5-day Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators (SIE) for 2016 is scheduled for July 24th-29th, in Sebastopol, California. This the 14th year we’ve offered this solar energy professional development experience for educators. Consistent themes are hands-on, relevant, real-world… and fun! As you explore Climate Science and it’s effects with your students, it’s important to provide an element of hope… through exploring clean energy options. Increased solar literacy provides students the necessary tools to become active participants as we move toward a clean energy future.
Educators at the 2015 Summer Institute share their finished projects.
Participating Educators learn the fundamentals and history of passive solar design, solar thermal, and solar electricity, then apply these lessons in a variety of projects (simple solar ovens, model solar homes, solar powered fountains, cell phone chargers, LED lights, and more). Lessons are adapted to your teaching situation and aligned with Common Core & Next Generation Science Standard goals.
Limited scholarships are available. To Learn more and to Register visit http://solarschoolhouse.org/sie2016/