Piedmont High School 9th grade class came together to build 45 solar ovens in one morning in May. The ovens are part of a community service project designed to provide this needed tool to communities in Sierra Leone (West Africa). Teacher Marna Chamberlain, inspired by building a solar oven at the Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators, proposed the idea for the class project. Several weeks before the big build, a group of teachers, parents, and student leaders were trained in the oven assembly process by Tor from Solar Schoolhouse. The ovens next will be tested before being shipped.

[April 19, 2014] Soaking up the Sun: Solar Faire offers sustainable energy takeaways
[Article in Glendale News-Press] Solar ovens. Solar artwork. Solar phone chargers. Out of electricity? No problem. You can still power up. That was the lesson many took away at the third annual Solar Faire, hosted by Glendale Water and Power in partnership with Sebastopol, Calif.-based nonprofit the Rahus Institute (Solar Schoolhouse) and the Glendale Unified School District. This year’s festival, which took place on Saturday at Woodrow Wilson Middle School, featured hands-on workshops where participants could build their own solar ovens, create solar etchings and watch demonstrations of solar power, such as how to power up a solar fountain. [Read More]

Scenes from the Glendale Solar Discovery Faire. Student volunteers from Crescenta Valley High School CSF club, Rosemont Middle, Wilson Middle, along with local teachers, helped make this a successful community event with over 500 attendees.


[October 30, 2013] Oxnard teachers shine in solar-technology training
[Article in Ventura County Star] The 35 Oxnard science teachers at the Teaching Solar Workshop at the Channel Islands Boating Center last week agreed the event was invaluable. The hands-on training was designated for seventh- and eighth-grade teachers from Fremont, Frank and Haydock intermediate schools and required them to learn how to create a solar-powered charging station.

Catherine Kawaguchi, the Oxnard School District’s assistant superintendent of educational services, said the workshop was set up so teachers at the STEAM — science, technology, engineering, arts, mathematics — academies could take the information back to their classrooms to share with their students. In the morning hours, author John Perlin spoke about his book “Let It Shine,” a history of solar power. Teachers received a copy. Then Tor Allen of Solar Schoolhouse, a California leader in energy education, told the group that increasing solar literacy in schools is an important step toward a clean-energy future. “As we learn more about the effects of our current fossil-fuel-based energy habits, getting reacquainted with the sun, the primary energy source on Earth, is rich with hope and possibilities,” Allen said. “Raising students’ solar IQ will prepare them to be active participants in creating and adopting clean-energy solutions going forward.”  READ MORE

[October 26, 2013] Solar Schoolhouse at Science Discovery Day.
[Fairgrounds – Santa Rosa, CA] 
Scenes of Solar Schoolhouse activities at Science Discovery Day led by student volunteers from Analy High School EcoAction Class.  Approximately 1o,ooo attended the one day Fair.

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