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Solar In the Schools

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Today's youth need to understand energy in order to wisely power their homes, their cars and their careers. The Solar In the Schools outreach program is devoted to teaching the growing importance of energy - both how it is used and where it is sourced. Our hands-on renewable energy education approach not only teaches these vital concepts, it instills precious hope for the future.

School Presentations

Since its inception in 2002, thousands of students and teachers have participated in the Solar In the Schools program through our regional Hands-On Classroom Presentations. Each year we reach more than 2000 K-12 students, 20 at a time, with dynamic presentations that have kids generating human-powered electricity and wiring small solar cells together in no time. Renewable Energy Science Kits are also provided to regional teachers through our lending library.

Teacher Training Workshops

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In 2007, SEI created its first accredited teacher training workshop, now called  Teaching Solar Energy to Kids.  This workshop allows us to effectively increase our national outreach by bringing in youth educators from around the country. These teachers and non-formal educators return to their schools as energy champions, armed with hands-on techniques and materials for effectively conveying renewable energy concepts.

Free Online Course

Free Renewable Energy course

In 2010 Solar In the Schools dramatically increased its range by adding a free, high-school-level Introduction to Renewable Energy online course covering energy efficiency and the many types of renewable energy. We highly encourage teachers to take this course and evaluate it as curriculum to be used with high school students. This course is now also available EN ESPAÑOL.

Curriculum Standards

Our presentations have been aligned with current Colorado State educational standards. Please contact Solar In the Schools to learn more.  


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Andrea Wang
Solar In the Schools Manager