Solar panels and K-12 education

Alberta Education’s October 2016 announcement of $9 million towards installing solar panels on all new schools means that 36 new schools will soon join the myriad of Alberta schools that already capture the sun’s rays to reduce their utility bills, carbon levy payments, and greenhouse gases!

What an opportunity to help students increase their energy literacy, environmental literacy, and climate action! In recognition of this, we are pleased to provide a ‘starter kit’ for teachers, to support student learning. This is a work in progress – thanks to all the agencies and teachers who provided helpful comments, and please send your comments and suggestions for improvement to Kathy[at]abcee.org.

Lesson plans and hands-on learning

GreenLearning Canada – EnerAction – has a number of lesson plans and backgrounders

Star EcoWorks – Access to Energy classroom workshops – in the workshops, students work together to build LED solar lanterns that are donated and sent to other regions where access to energy is needed (based in Calgary)

 

Let’s Talk Energy – a backgrounder on solar energy

SEEDS Connections – energy literacy series for grades 6 to 12 – a variety of information and some learning tools
 

SunWind – solar kits (based in BC) 

US Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy – Grades 5-8 - 2 lesson plans/activities

University of Oregon – 6 lesson plans with student lab activities – high school science

PicoTurbine International – a combination of kits and 3D printing

Florida Solar Energy Centre – materials for K to 12

National Energy Education Development Project – Solar resources

Solar Energy International – Solar in the Schools Outreach program

Energy for All - renewable energy, clean water and global affairs - Calgary area

Inspirational videos about solar power in schools

Cochrane High School Sustainability Club – solar and wind and many other initiativesNorth Carolina fourth graders power their classroom with solar energy
Energy 101: Solar PV – US Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy (for higher grades)

Green Energy Futures – Canadian examples of actual solar projects

Teacher professional development

  • Inside Education - Renewable Energy and Electricity Education Program – May 11 to 13, 2017 (usually offered each year – dates may vary)

Granting opportunities to support schools with solar power projects

British Petroleum (BP)

Devon Canada

ConocoPhillips Canada

TD Friends of the Environment - grants approximately $2500

Learning for a Sustainable Future

Alberta Emerald Foundation

Other resources and information