Sacramento Teachers build Solar Notebook Chargers at Solar Primer Workshop

Thirty teachers gathered in Sacramento at SMUD Energy Technology Center on recent Saturday to learn how to integrate solar energy lessons into their classrooms. They also built solar cell phone/mp3 chargers using cardboard, duct tape, and solar cells. The Notebook chargers provide a practical application for solar electricity – charging the battery on your mobile device using only the energy of the sun. Educators also built a small motor-driven whirlygig – a kinetic sculpture – that when powered by the solar notebook, demonstrates how solar cells work. Solar Notebook Charger Kits are available from Solar Schoolhouse (Rahus Institute).

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