Some lucky elementary school students are having fun with after school science, courtesy of a unique program sponsored by MoLab, Inc. Children are learning about sustainability, solar energy, and energy conservation.
Ten year old Khloe Jennings is interested in teaching her mother all the things she has learned that she believes are important.
One of the top issues on Khloe’s mind these days is solar energy. The fifth grader is focused on how to reduce energy costs in her own home, thanks to the time she’s spending in an after-school program hosted by MoLab (short for Mobile Science Laboratory) Inc.
“My mom gets tired of my always talking about it,” she said with a laugh.
Khloe is one of about 45 students in two different elementary schools learning about sustainability in MoLab’s six-week after-school program in Tallahassee, Florida. The group of students consists of 30 third, fourth and fifth-graders from Ruediger Elementary and 15 fourth and fifth graders from Gilchrist.
Trish Hanson, MoLab’s co-founder, said the program — called “Tomorrow’s Energy Auditors” — gives students the skills they need to audit their own homes. Once a week, Hanson and Aimee Hills, MoLab’s other co-founder, travel to Gilchrist and Ruediger to teach students about environmental issues, sustainability solutions and technological advances.
The program is funded by a $3,000 grant from the Technology Education Resource & Redesign Alliance. Both Hill and Hanson have experience teaching — Hill was the former director of education and the Brogan Museum and Hanson served as chief operating officer. Both taught interactive classes for thousands of students.
“These are hands-on, interactive experiences,” Hanson said. “Students are learning in a different, project-based, way.”
This is the third time MoLab has ventured into Leon County Schools to teach youngsters with interactive learning experiences. Hills and Hanson hosted Camp Spark, an interactive science camp at SAIL High School, in December and February.
Typically, the students spend the program in groups, working together on laptops to find averages and graph results.
Hanson said “Tomorrow’s Energy Auditors” has a narrower focus when compared to Camp Spark.
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