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  • USA - Midwest
  • United States

Solar On Your School

Author: Climate Generation
Grades: 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th
Subjects: Science, Social Studies, Earth Science, Economics, Civics, Math, Justice, Climate Action
Resource Type:
  • Project
Synopsis
  • This web page provides general information about how a school might be able to have solar panels installed on their roof through a community solar provider. 
  • It encourages students to investigate and implement local solutions to climate change and provides a link to an article about community solar in low-income communities. 
Teaching Tips

Positives

  • This resource is light on actionable content but it could be used as a way to introduce the topic of climate change and solar energy when discussing surface area or learning how to calculate the area of different shapes.
  • This resource provides students with an opportunity to research local laws, regulations, and clean energy organizations in their specific location and potentially spearhead a beneficial project with a community solar organization.  
  • There is a link to a surface area calculator tool.

Additional Prerequisites

  • It would be helpful if students had basic knowledge about clean energy and climate change.
  • The link to the story about a community solar company no longer functions.

Differentiation

  • The project could be completed by an entire class or in a school group.
  • Cross-curricular connections could be made with math and social studies as students calculate their roof area and investigate the social benefits of installing community solar.
  • The activity could have some limitations if school administrators do not wish to allow a solar array installation or if local conditions, regulations, and/or requirements make it difficult or expensive to do so.
  • Community solar may benefit the local residents financially and reduce energy production and pollution from fossil fuel-powered plants nearby.
Scientist Notes

The activity could have some limitations if schools do not wish to give out their roof for solar array or if community solar companies are unable to get investors for the project. The resource is suitable to guide students to develop site-specific clean energy solutions and climate justice advocacy. Thus, it is recommended.

Standards
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.7.6-8 Assess their individual and collective capacities to take action to address local, regional, and global problems, taking into account a range of possible levers of power, strategies, and potential outcomes.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Taking Informed Action
      • D4.8.6-8 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms and schools, and in out-of-school civic contexts.
  • College, Career, and Civic Life (C3) Standards
    • Dimension 4: Communicating and Critiquing Conclusions
      • D4.8.9-12 Apply a range of deliberative and democratic strategies and procedures to make decisions and take action in their classrooms, schools, and out-of-school civic contexts.

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