The Monroe County Energy Challenge and high school Environmental Science students are teaming up to teach local 2-5th grade students about renewable energy resources and energy conservation!
The Solar, Wind and Watts Roadshow centers around upper-class high school students teaching younger students about the importance of conserving resources and saving energy. Students learn about renewable energy sources such as solar and wind power through engaging hands-on activities and demonstrations. We plan to visit all MCCSC schools, RBBCSC schools, and independent schools in the upcoming year!Lessons are guided by representatives from the MCEC and Environmental Science students from Harmony School, Edgewood High School, and Bloomington High School South, as well as NCCC AmeriCorps volunteers. We are using this unique approach to teaching because we know that youth can be catalysts for change in our community and the world. It is our belief that young people have the environmental education, imagination and motivation to make positive changes in our world, and this program will encourage them to lead at a young age.The program design incorporates various ages of learners because conducting educational outreach provides older students with leadership experience, as well as can make the lessons more fun for the younger learners. Activities include solar car races, discovering how wind turbines generate electricity, and exploring the watt demand of common appliances.
The program launched on October 18th, 2016 and has visited 12 schools, 73 classes and over 1,400 students in Monroe County since then. Thank you to our local high school students for being fantastic community leaders and teachers!