Teachers brought hands on energy experiments into their classrooms, and discovered that solar power lights up science class.
Twenty teachers spent a day learning about solar cells, volt and amp readers, and solar car kits in Stanislaus County, California. The items, valued at $750 each, are going to campuses with the teachers, brought about by nonprofit groups’ expertise, county office coordination, and cash from the community. The two nonprofit programs, Solar Schoolhouse and Solar 4R Schools sent trainers to show the lessons that are to be taught with the kits.
The event was a partnership between the Stanislaus County office of education and American Chevrolet, which paid the $20,000 tab and displayed it’s own example of alternative energy, a 101 mpg Volt hybrid.
“Our vision is to start to improve science education in our county, provide our students with 21st-century engineering opportunities,” said Sean Timmons, SCOE science educator. “We wanted to give kids the opportunity to excel, doing real science through hands-on – and minds-on – experiments,” he said.