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.
That is the case for this small class of students in Aaron Sebens’ fourth grade class that took an idea and made it reality. The idea was to see if they could fund and implement a roof mounted solar project for their school that would be large enough to take the whole classroom off grid.
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.