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Videos Highlight Solar Energy International's Solar in the Schools Outreach Program

Posted by: april
April 25, 2012

Jesse Hoff - Solar Energy InternationalBy Jesse K. Hoff, Solar Energy International Work-Trader

As a new work-trader at Solar Energy International assisting with the Solar in the Schools program, I've seen more fourth graders get excited about science in a short month than I have in my entire life. There's a specific joy that comes from watching people learn about solar energy. So, it is with great pleasure I present these videos to the SEI community in hopes of sharing some of the excitement I've seen during my brief time here so far. The feeling of excitement can surprise and inspire and I've always admired individuals with the ability to induce that feeling in others. Noah Davis, Solar in the Schools manager, is one of those individuals, and already there have been countless occasions where I've been schooled and excited myself.

The first video below is from a presentation I attended at the Ross Montessori School in Carbondale, Colorado. It was the first school I visited with Noah and the children loved it. The video opens up with the children racing a solar panel. Both the bike and the solar are connected to a direct current pump used to fill a party balloon. The kids' elation when they win is priceless. The video continues on with the children learning about a solar-powered inflatable suit and a solar-powered balloon. You can hear one of the schoolchildren yelling in the distance, "How do you do that?" It's a phrase that, as an educator, you yearn to hear. The final part of the video shows the children gaining some hands-on experience with a small motor and solar panel. For most of the children, this is their first time hooking up a circuit.

The first half of this second video is a video invitation we received from the Highland Elementary Energy Club inviting us to come teach them about solar energy. It was by far the most creative invitation we have received and it was a joy bringing our demonstrations to their school.

Finally, these last two videos involved our recent visit to GrassRoots TV in Aspen, Colorado. Aspen Middle School invited us on the show to demonstrate our energy bike to the masses. The show itself is a learning exercise for the middle school students and you can see the produced show here and a behind-the-scenes look.


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