Alternative Energy Must Be Central Piece of Science Education in 21st Century
It's been well-documented that the world's climate is changing, and that fossil fuels are not helping the cause of sustainability. Over the years, various forms of alternative energy including nuclear, wind, hydroelectric, and solar have been proposed to help transition the global energy supply towards new sources. However, in many schools, science classes focus on concepts so abstract that many students find themselves disengaged -- three in four students find themselves bored in school. This poses a great opportunity for the educational community to simultaneously spark an interest for students and help train the leaders who will determine the energy policies of tomorrow.
Solar Power Is Sustainable, Renewable, and Clean
One method to introduce solar power into the classroom would be to explain the concept of solar generators. As we discussed in our article on how solar generators work, it really is a straightforward process. Solar generators use solar panels to capture photons from the sun and charge a battery in the generator. Before the power is extracted, an inverter changes it to alternating current electricity, which is what most appliances use today. From there, the generator can power anything that "regular" fossil-fuel electricity can. Wouldn't it be a cool project to have students use those principles to build their own solar generator? There are many resources online for how to build a small-scale model that could unleash a passion or at least an awareness of the importance in utilizing alternative energy. On a smaller scale, solar chargers are an easy way to get alternative energy in the hands of kids who just want their cell phone to keep working. No matter how you slice it, solar energy is a great teaching tool for the next generation.
Embracing All Forms of Alternative Energy
Although our specialization here at Alternative Energy, Inc. is American-made off-grid solar generators, we appreciate many forms of alternative energy. Wind power is another area that school science classes can examine to promote awareness in moving away from fossil fuels. As we've discussed on our blog before, several states are taking great strides in incentivizing the use of alternative energy … recent examples include Florida, California, and Kansas. Studying the legislative process through the lens of protecting the planet and reducing carbon emissions is another great way to integrate alternative energy into the educational process.
Invite The Experts
Of course, we think that curriculum-wide changes are the best long-term strategy to protecting our nation's energy future, but in the immediate term, teachers can find an abundance of solar energy resources (as well as resources on other forms of energy) online. Our own president, Bill Finch, is an expert on solar generators and solar power generation, and he is a captivating speaker who is willing to speak to high school level environmental science classes on opportunities in the solar power industry and alternative energy community. Contact us today to set up a visit. Here at Alternative Energy, Inc., we are proud suppliers not only of solar generators, but also of America's energy (and educational) future!
About Alternative Energy, Inc.
Alternative Energy, Inc. is a member of the local business community, but has worked on international projects in remote areas of the world. We supply American-made solar power generators - no noise, no fuel and no fumes. Learn more here on our website, and give us a call at 484-593-4262 to discuss solar power options or ways we can help integrate environmental science into the classroom!