Virginia students take on solar energy challenge: “Throwing Solar Shade” inspires new generation of citizen scientists
February 16, 2021
For K-12 schools, both public and private, Secure Futures offers a bundle of services that empower teachers to bring clean energy right into their classrooms.
After schools go solar with us, we help them make the most of their clean energy with materials, training and other resources to make it easy to turn solar power into an exciting educational opportunity for their students.
And the good news is that all the educational benefits of on-site solar power are included in our services at no extra cost to schools.
We know the students want this. We want to give them all the tools they need for their education, and this is a valuable one.Lindsay Snoddy,
Environmental Compliance Manager,
Albemarle County, VA Public Schools
On-Site Solar + Curricula
Partnering with Secure Futures means providing cutting-edge curriculum, reducing your school’s carbon footprint, and giving your students a competitive edge. At all education levels, on-site solar arrays provide exciting, hands-on experiences with endless teaching potential.
Students can calculate what work the school’s solar energy can do and even track the impact of weather on power production.
The NEED Program
With our partner, The National Energy Education Development Project (NEED), Secure Futures provides standards-based solar curricula, including teacher-tested materials, evaluation techniques and tools, and professional development for educators. NEED solar kits and training programs provide objective, comprehensive information about the scientific concepts of energy and many sources of energy today their uses and their impacts on the environment, the economy, and society.
Learn more about how Secure Futures’ schools benefit from our partnership with NEED.
Through my work in supporting schools around the country going solar, I have always recommended to schools that NEED’s instructional assets about energy are the best available.Tish Tablan, Program Director, Generation180
Secure Futures is piloting a STEM curriculum enhancement program in partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia and the School of Education at Virginia Commonwealth University. This innovative program of citizen science unites high school students from across Virginia in a hands-on initiative to reduce surface temperatures in local communities. Involving both research and implementation, Throwing Solar Shade® builds on the work of Science Museum Chief Scientist Jeremy Hoffman, PhD, to study and mitigate the urban heat-island effect in the city of Richmond, called Throwing Shade RVA.
Preparing our Future Workforce
Career and Technical Education (CTE) students can gain valuable workforce training in what is now the world’s fastest-growing energy source and one of the top sources of new jobs in Virginia and the USA. The panels, inverters, wiring, and software provide stimulating raw material for teaching budding electricians, engineers, software developers, business innovators, and environmental entrepreneurs.