This summer nearly 550 students from more than 30 California school districts will attend Solar Energy Academy, SunPower’s work-based learning program. It’s the fifth year for the program which uses science, technology, math and engineering (STEM) learning to help students learn about solar power and it’s opportunities.
Schools are among leaders in installing solar across the US. They offer students a chance to learn about the fastest growing energy generation resources in the world. However, they’re much more passive than the active learning program being taught by SunPower.
The week-long program immerses students in a solar-focused curriculum that emphasizes the real-world application of STEM learning. During the camp students participate in learning labs, visit solar panel installations and make presentations to industry representatives, educators and community leaders.
"As solar power plays an increasingly critical role in meeting global energy demand, students participating in the SunPower Solar Energy Academy may be the engineers and business leaders charting our energy future," said Bill Kelly, SunPower vice president, Commercial Americas. "In the process of learning about solar technology and energy solutions, the students' enthusiasm and ability to understand complex concepts is very inspiring. SunPower is proud of the increasing number of participants in the Solar Energy Academy program we attract each year."
SunPower launched the academy this week with 36 students from the Pajaro Valley Unified School District (PVUSD). "This is the third year we are offering this SunPower program to our students and staff, and we're excited to get started," said PVUSD Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction Susan Perez. "The SunPower Solar Energy Academy brings relevant and real-life knowledge into the classroom, while preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century."
Since launching SunPower said that roughly 1,000 students have attended the academy, as have more than 110 educators. The company added that this you nearly twice as many students and districts are enrolled in the program than there were last year.
The academy is part of SunPower’s Horizons initiative, a suite of educational programs that the company has developed with Project Lead the Way. The company said its educational programs have already reached more than 13,500 US students.Tweet