We Share Solar

We Share Solar

We Share Solar Professional Development Program Helps Middle School Teachers Engage Diverse Students in STEM Education

We Share Solar collaborates with educators to equip students for the future through solar energy education with real world impact. During its eight-year history, We Share Solar has trained nearly 450 teachers, provided 660 school-based or after-school programs, and engaged 36,000 students in a STEM project-based curriculum to build 2,700 Solar Suitcases. The program empowers middle school students to be agents for positive change in the world while growing academically through a STEM-positive learning experience.

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.

https://www.wesharesolar.org/

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All Points North Foundation provides grants for U.S.-based projects and initiatives that support our priorities: improving public middle school education and teacher training, and implementing effective solar programs and/or projects.

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