Adam Raudonis, a Westlake High School Senior, is harnessing the power of the sun and educating the schools around the nation about the best ways to use it. Adam simply wanted to do something worthwhile for his junior and senior years at Westlake High.
“I found that solar panels was that exact combination I wanted of something that was ambitious but something I could also do in two years,” said Adam.
Adam formed a club which he named Students for Solar Schools. The idea quickly grew to bring solar power nationwide and around the world, one school at a time.
“The original plan was to just put solar panels on Westlake High School. But then I realized I could really multiply my impact by creating a model that hopefully other schools could use,” said Adam.
His science teacher, Jennifer Kuge, added, “It’s a problem he wants to fix and he figures out how to solve the problem.”
Beyond high school, Adam will follow his passion for the environment.
“Right now, I’m deciding between Stanford and Yale,” said Adam. “After that, I really would like to go into the renewable energy sector.”
Adam is poised to research how to make the initial costs of solar power more affordable for all of us.
Like others of us who understand the true need for Renewable Energy in order to breathe easier while saving out planet, Adam and his Science Teacher can also partner with
Solar Energy International (http://www.solarenergy.org) for a No Cost, Introductory Course in Renewables, which is taken by students and other interested parties from all over the world. This high-quality course is available online, complete with pre- and post- assessments, easy-to-understand curriculum, online activities and quizzes that measure how one builds upon their prior knowledge, while acquiring information about the latest advances in Renewables.
For those of us who touch the World of Renewable Energy by teaching, Solar Energy International offers Professional Development Summer Workshops for Teachers who are novices to Renewable Energy Education for less than $500.00, with Graduate Level College Credit Available.
Additionally, there is a Summer Workshop for those educators more seasoned in this area, which costs less than $400 and offers 1.5 Graduate School Credits. These workshops are offered at SEI’s facility in Carbondale, Colorado, and both classes currently have space available. I am including in this article flyers on these classes.
Check Out SEI’S SUMMER ‘EDUCATOR WORKSHOPS’ INFORMATION:
All K-12 educator workshops are fully accredited graduate-level courses, held in the inspiring Third Street Center – Carbondale, Colorado.
RE102: Solar Suitcases
1.5 Credit Hours
Learn the true value of 40 watts of electricity by building a portable solar electric system for a maternal health clinic in a developing country. Then build more in your own classroom.
RE101: Teaching Solar Energy to Kids
2 Credit Hours
How do you teach solar? By putting the technology where students want it – in their hands. Tackle a variety of hands-on renewable energy challenges while talking classroom technique with top renewable energy educators.
RE201: Advanced Educator Training
1.5 Credit Hours
Three big renewable energy and green building projects. Three days. Three rotating groups of educators. It all adds up to one huge opportunity to network, build knowledge and expand your renewable energy teaching repertoire.
Don’t forget to enroll in SEI’s FREE Introductory Online Course as I did, so that I could keep up with Adam, and other young minds who will shape the future of the world in this area! If you decide to take this course, please let NOAH DAVIS at SEI know that I highly recommended this course. And then write to me and let me know how much you were able to learn… Enjoy!