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Engaging Students in Renewable Energy

Engaging students with renewable energy

 

Solar for Schools Curriculum Contest

You can help highlight clean energy curriculum across Minnesota. The MN Solar for Schools program is holding a contest to highlight examples of excellence in energy curriculum across the state. The winners of this contest will be invited to share their solar curriculum at the 2024 Minnesota State Fair. The teacher who developed the lesson, along with up to four students or other staff will share highlights of their lesson during the Eco Experience at the State Fair this summer, receiving free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair on August 25. In addition to being highlighted at the Eco Experience, the chosen lesson will be displayed on the MN Solar for Schools website as an example of curriculum for MN Solar for Schools program grant recipients and future applicants. To participate in the contest please fill out the form linked below by June 3.

Apply and nominate your curriculum at this link: Solar for School Curriculum Contest

Example Lessons

One goal of the Solar for Schools Program is to expand opportunities for students to learn about renewable energy. As the State of Minnesota transitions to a clean energy future, students benefit from having a direct connection to that future by having solar onsite at their schools and having the experience of hands-on learning about renewable energy. 

One requirement for schools to receive a Solar for Schools grant is to incorporate renewable energy lessons into curriculum for their students. The curriculum is open for educators to develop and there are many creative ways that students are being engaged and amazed by lessons about solar power and renewable energy.

To encourage educators and build excitement for students, we are sharing ideas for lesson plans.  Are you an educator who has experience with renewable energy lessons and curriculum? Share your ideas with us

Lesson Plan: How to build a mini solar oven 

Science teachers at Kaposia Education Center, an elementary school in the South Saint Paul Public Schools, have taught students about renewable energy with a lesson plan to build mini solar ovens. The lesson engages students in design, build and scientific inquiry about solar energy and insulation as part of the design. 

The student handout for the lesson is here: Create a Solar Oven

The lesson plan is adopted from the SciShow Kids program The Science of Cooking: How to Build a Solar Oven. See that video here: 

Solar for Schools Curriculum Contest

In effort to highlight clean energy curriculum across Minnesota, the Solar for Schools program, in coordination with the Eco Experience, is holding a contest to highlight excellent energy curriculum being created across the state. The winner of this contest would allow for the teacher who developed the lesson along with 4 students or staff to highlight the lesson during the Eco Experience this summer, receiving free tickets to the Minnesota State Fair's Eco Experience. In addition to being highlighted at the Eco Experience, the chosen lesson will be displayed on the Solar for School’s website to be used as an example curriculum for Solar for School’s grantee recipients.

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