Solar Energy Fundamentals

Join us for this solar-focused virtual workshop to explore the science of solar power!

During this virtual workshop, educators will learn the foundations of solar power including the science and technology of solar PV and thermal energy. We will also introduce activities for the classroom that engage students in dynamic, hands-on, energy-based learning.

This workshop has self-guided and in-person components.

Before Workshop - Solar 101 Webinar (1 Hour)

This informative presentation introduces solar energy foundational concepts and explores the basic science and technology behind the modern solar power movement.

In-Person - Using Solar Energy in your Classroom (2 Hours)

Teachers will head out on a Solar Scavenger Hunt to find which light sources and conditions generate the most solar power. We will gather data, record changes in variables, and measure solar power output using a variety of devices and meters. Explore how solar power can be channeled through solar panels to build solar-powered fountains, boats, rovers, and houses. Educators will construct a structure or device and upload their work to the Online KidWind Challenge.

After Workshop - Collecting Data & Sharing (1-2 Hours)

You will be asked to collect some data about your solar energy projects and post them to our Online Challenge spaces. You will also learn how to set up your own KidWind account to set up Challenge Spaces for your students.

Registration for this workshop is $150 and includes a delivery of a box of materials we will explore during the workshop. You will receive a certificate of completion for 4 clock hours at the end of this training.

Some things to know:

  • This workshop and the materials used are geared towards middle school and high school teachers.
  • No prior knowledge of solar energy is required.
  • You will need a stable internet connection and dedicated space in which to work.
  • We will ship you a box of materials 4-7 days before the workshop.
  • Preservice and retired teachers are welcome!