Education begins at a young age and when it comes to solar energy knowledge, no age is too young. I would have loved to have learned about renewable energy and solar cells in grade school and too have had the chance to build a working solar array by the fourth grade would have been a real kick-start to my clean energy thinking.
The students put a project on the popular crowd funding site, Kick-starter to see if they could raise some money for the endeavor which resulted in the over achieving their goal and raising $ 5000.
The classroom is now an off grid solar powered classroom and the students have a leg up in understanding the nature of not just solar energy technology but also what it takes to finance such a project. We will have to wait and see what this advantage eventually means to the students as far a future education and eventual career paths, but I suspect their are some budding scientists and engineers from the fourth grade class of 2013.