Shining some light on the science of solar power

Stanislaus County 4th-8th grade teachers get training, class kits


Agnes Baptist Elementary teacher Marie David and Denair Middle School science teacher Barry Cole connect solar cells to power a tiny fan during a Stanislaus County Office of Education training on teaching solar science Wednesday in Modesto.

[February 4th, 2015]

Twenty teachers eager to bring hands-on energy experiments into their classrooms spent a day trying them out and jotting down lecture notes for when they fly solo. The daylong training came about with nonprofit groups’ expertise, county office coordination and community cash.

Twenty classroom kits filled with tiny solar cells, volt and amp readers, and solar car kits, valued at $750 each, are going back to campuses around Stanislaus County with the teachers. Trainers from Solar Schoolhouse and Solar 4R Schools, the programs of two nonprofits, laid out the lessons to teach with the kits. Read more ›

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2015 Summer Institute for Educators…registration now open.

The 5-day Solar Schoolhouse Summer Institute for Educators (SIE) for 2015 is scheduled for July 19-24th, in Sebastopol, California. This the 13th year we’ve offered this solar energy  professional development experience for educators.  Consistent themes are hands-on, relevant, and real-world… and fun!

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2RockSolar_20120302 007-ParallelPowerSMParticipating Educators learn the fundamentals and history of passive solar design, solar thermal, and solar electricity, then apply these lessons in a variety of projects (simple solar ovens, model solar homes, solar powered fountains, cell phone chargers, LED lights, and more).  Lessons are adapted to your teaching situation and aligned with Common Core & Next Generation Science Standard goals.

Limited scholarships are available. To Learn more and to Register visit

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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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