Solar For Schools: Solar Power Education
To help young students learn about greening our earth, nothing can be better than a combined see-and-do approach, such as that exemplified by the Solar 4 R Schools program from Bonneville Environmental Foundation (BEF). BEF is a nonprofit organization that’s making advances in the production and adoption of renewable energy resources. By funding programs that highlight pollution-free, power-producing technology, this Portland-based foundation has been encouraging the use of earth-friendly energy for individuals and companies since 1998. Recently, BEF has started reaching out to schools across America with their Solar 4 R Schools program.
Solar 4 R Schools (S4RS) provides earth-conscious education to middle and high school classrooms through an interactive experience. Schools that participate in BEF’s program have a solar-powered system installed on their premises and are able to track its energy generation online. As each school produces its own clean energy, teachers use S4RS-provided curriculum to educate kids on clean energy and why it helps our environment. By bringing solar power to learning institutions and implementing extensive, hands-on instruction, Solar 4 R Schools hopes to educate students on—and promote more use of—renewable power sources.