The grant from All Points North Foundation will help train six middle school teachers in the principles of solar electricity and how to build Solar Suitcases. Through the We Share Solar program, training will focus on engaging girls and underrepresented minorities in STEM education. Teachers are provided access to a digital curriculum, which includes seven hours of core lessons plus a supplemental lesson library of 20+ content hours adaptable for each teacher’s use. Schools also will receive Solar Suitcase kits with solar lab equipment.
The grant also supports a one-day workshop for teachers. During the workshop, teachers preview how to assemble a Solar Suitcase, and practice applying innovative thinking in engineering new ideas. We Share Solar provides ongoing support during implementation, ensuring that teachers acquire the solar power knowledge they need and that they have access to engaging materials and curricula to fully support their students in the hands-on activities.