We conduct outreach in schools and provide hands-on activities for classes to supplement their science curriculum. We partnered with Sabal Palm Elementary to teach 60 elementary schoolers about solar power. Let us know if you know a student or classroom that might be interested!
4th- 5th graders participate in hands-on activities. Constructing mini-greenhouses and compost bins are class favorites. We also emphasize solar projects such as solar ovens and vehicles.
6th-12th graders participate in higher-level learning. There long-term activities include sampling soil quality and recording and analyze basic data. Our older students go through activities focused on college readiness and ask current college students about their experiences.
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Youth Leadership Program
Young Environmental Leaders (YEL) is an ongoing environmental education and leadership program for all students ages 8-18. This program emphasizes basic knowledge around environmental and energy issues, as well as leadership skills. YEL provides settings for students at all levels to grow their understanding about environmental issues, stretch their creativity, engage in their interests, and realize their voice in society can be heard.
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Energy Camp is our largest annual children’s outreach program. Third through sixth graders are perfect for this camp. The curriculum focused on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). This camp emphasizes a broad understanding of environmental issues (agriculture, urban planning, water quality and the impact of waste). This is an interactive camp. Kids combine STEM and their creativity to make solar ovens, fix bikes and construct landfill liners. Guest speakers bridge the gap and provide important information and resources from interactive presentations. Field trips also highlight camp experience. We visit urban farms, wastewater treatment plants and local parks. This is an excellent way for children to explore the impact of fossil fuel usage and understand renewable energy options. At Energy Camp, your child will develop fundamental skills needed to solve energy issues and reduce environmental impact. Staff and volunteers lead this camp.
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The Regional Energy Whiz Expo provides hands-on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education. This is a fun competition for students in Leon County and surrounding areas. It is geared towards 3rd-8th graders. The Regional Energy Whiz Expo consists of two events: the Solar Sprint and the Solar Cook-Off. In the Solar Sprint, teams design and build solar-powered race cars. The Solar Cook-Off is a two-part competition. First, teams design a fully solar-powered cooker. Second, they make a dish using the same cooker. The winning team from each event will have the opportunity to compete in the state-wide Energy Whiz Expo. The state-wide event is open to students in the 4th through 8th grades.
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