Summer Institute 2020

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SIE2020 Flier [pdf]

About the 2020 Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute: Educators attending this summer seminar (our 17th annual!) will learn about the science and history of heating, cooling and powering our homes with the Sun. Participants will build solar cookers, model passive solar homes, solar electric fountains, a solar powered emergency kit,  conduct energy audits – and tailor lessons for your classroom situation.. We will conduct the seminar at the Rahus Institute, a solar powered work/live facility & workshop. In addition to learning the science of proper building design (e.g. thermodynamics, electricity, seasonal changes) and how to fit these exercises into your curriculum, participants will walk away with practical knowledge that they can apply in their own lives. Integrating solar energy education into your curriculum can provide an element of excitement and hope for the future.

Materials include: Solar Cell Classroom Set, Solar Fountain Sculpture Set w. solar module, project materials for Solar Notebook Charger, Model Solar Home, solar cooker (pizza box or variation), Solar Art (etching, clay, spinart, whirlygig), and Curriculum (Teaching Solar, Your Solar Home, Solar Decathlon, more).  Curriculum and activities are Common Core and NGSS aligned.

When

July 26-30, 2020
Location: Rahus Institute/Solar Schoolhouse, Sebastopol, CA
Check-in: Sunday, July 26th between 2 and 4 pm.
Seminar: Sunday, July 26th 4pm to Thursday July 30th 5pm

Seminar Costs:

  • A. $2300 includes instruction, lodging stipend, food & materials. All meals included. We’ve reserved a block of rooms at Fairfield Inn in Sebastopol, but you are welcome to stay at local airbnb or another hotel using your $800 lodging stipend(included in the price). Materials include: Solar Cell Classroom Set, Solar Fountain Sculpture Set with 14 watt solar module, project materials for Solar Notebook Charger, Model Solar Home, solar cooker (pizza box), Solar Art (etching, clay, spinart, whirlygig), and Curriculum (Teaching Solar, Your Solar Home, Solar Decathlon, more). Travel is not included.
  • B. $1600 Onsite camping option. Includes all food, materials, curriculum, instruction as Option A. Only difference is lodging option. Camping onsite assumes you’ll bring your own camping gear (tent, sleeping bag, etc.). Bathroom and showers are accessible.
  • C. $1600 Local Commute Option. Includes all food, materials, curriculum, instruction as Option A. Assumes you live close enough to stay at home and commute each day to Sebastopol workshop site. Or you’ve made your own lodging arrangements.

Application process

  1. Fill out the application completely and mail, email or fax it to us. Application [Word]       Application [pdf]
  2. If you are requesting a sponsorship we will let you know asap after sharing your request with your local sponsor. We only have a few and they are region specific (eg. Sacramento area, City of Glendale, etc.).
  3. Upon acceptance notification from us, please accept by replying to our email.
  4. After accepting a spot, please mail us a check within the week for a $50 refundable depot hold. We will return the deposit when you check in to the workshop on the first day OR if you cancel your spot 30 or more days before the start date of the workshop.  This is to insure that we have adequate time to fill your spot with a replacement should you need to cancel. Thank you. 

Previous Articles

Read about Summer Institute 2010 experience in Press Democrat [pdf]

Read about the Summer Institute ’07 experience as reported in Santa Barbara News Press [pdf]

Read about the Summer Institute ’04 experience as reported in the Mountain Democrat [pdf]

Professional Development Credits:
We’ve arranged for Continuing Education Units through California State University Sacramento. Educators will be able to earn 3 CEUs. Sign up onsite.

Field Trips during the week will Include:
*Solar Powered School – Analy High School, Sebastopol

Recreational Options.
Swimming – at Ives Pool, or Russian River.
Bicycling – explore the area on dedicated bike paths and country roads.
Walking – Ragle Park is nearby (<1 mi) with many trails.
Bodega Bay is 20 minutes away.
Kubbe, Bocce, archery games onsite.

Sponsors: Rahus is managing sponsorships for educators from schools served by the following organizations: Glendale Water & Power, Sacramento Municipal Utility District (SMUD),  and others… Additional sponsorships may be available for educators in other areas of the state. Fill out the application to request a sponsorship and we will attempt to connect you with a sponsorship in timely fashion so you can firm up summer plans.  We also recommend checking with your school district for Professional Development funds to support your participation in this workshop. An additional option for funding raising is to create a Gofundme page, and reach out to local solar businesses and your Electric Utility to support your efforts.

Summer Institute Sponsorships: We are actively seeking additional sponsors for the summer institute. Please contact Tor Allen at 707-829-3154 or tor@rahus.org about sponsoring a teacher in your area. Equipment donations are also welcome. $2300 pays for one teacher to attend the Summer Institute. Your contribution allows us to provide sponsorships to proactive educators, regardless of their location. Thanks for your Support!

Important Dates

Registration Deadline: June 30, 2020.   Sign up soon. Space is limited.
Check-in Lodging: Sunday, July 26th between 2 and 4 pm….
Seminar: July 26- 4pm to July 30th 5pm.

About Solar Schoolhouse – SSh is a K-12 energy education program developed by The Rahus Institute, a non-profit 501c3 organization. The program uses the sun as a starting point for teaching about energy resources, conservation, and other energy topics. Elements include teacher workshops, educational kits, and special projects.
Questions? Contact Tor Allen at 707-829-3154 or info@rahus.org

Scenes from previous Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institutes (below)

 
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