Hope. This is the inspiring emotion that energized everyone in the crowd during the screening for the film “Tomorrow,” by Cyril Dion, which introduces an empowering vision for the future of humanity and the environment, one that is optimistic, creative, and purposeful.
This film highlights what our reality on earth could look like if people come together and apply regenerative and sustainable solutions in agriculture, energy, economics, democracy, and education. In facing the world’s biggest issues, it inspires humans to act on a local scale, by applying to the simple actions that everyone in the community can be part of. The global solution is right in our backyard.
This was not a depressing or scary film that leaves viewers paralyzed with fear or despair; it was an uplifting documentary that motivates collective action and passion. It also cleverly integrated the use of poetic, deliberate, and powerful messages within the lyrics throughout the sound score, by Fredrika Stahl.
By documenting examples of real life solutions being conducted in communities of different scales all over the world, it was an effective way of bringing to light the power of people when they come together with a common goal of supporting a healthy planet for present and future generations to come. This film is a must see for those who need some good news and action steps for making the world a better place!
We’re excited to offer this new workshop series for Sonoma County area educators. Energize your classrooms and empower your students with solar energy activities and projects. As we move toward a clean energy future, it’s important to explore the possibilities through hands-on and project-based activities. Because of its role as the primary energy source on Earth, the Sun’s energy is central to these explorations. Workshops will be held in Sebastopol, at the Solar Schoolhouse workshop/live space that is a ZNE (Zero Net Energy) home powered primarily by the sun.
Scenes from Solar Schoolhouse
Educators attending these workshops will receive the Solar Schoolhouse ‘Your Solar Home’ curriculum, classroom solar cell sets, material for specific solar projects, and the training to implement lessons in your own classroom. We’ll also be available to consult and help set up a project at your own school or classroom.
Thanks to our generous sponsors, we’re able to offer these workshops and classroom materials FREE to educators, though registration is required due to limited space. Follow the link below to register for the workshop or workshops of your choice.
Solar fountains for School Gardens (ES, MS, HS)
Build a Solar Charging Station (MS, HS)
Build a Solar L’Oven (MS, HS)
ES=Elementary School, MS=Middle School, HS=High School
The 5-day Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators (SIE) for 2017 is scheduled for July 23th-28th, in Sebastopol, California. This the 15th 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 2016 Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute share one of their creations – solar notebook cellphone & emergency lighting chargers.
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.
Solar Schoolhouse and the Watt Trekker crew visited SMUD’s Tiny House Competition, October 2016, in Sacramento, California. Participating college teams have designed and built energy efficient and solar powered tiny homes, as potential affordable solution for housing. We spoke with several student teams to learn of their experiences. To learn more about the teams, view floorplans, and see who won. visit smud.org/tinyhouse.
visit watttrekker.org to view additional energy videos from the Solar Schoolhouse team.