California Students Learn STEM Concepts at Solar Science Academy
A few hundred students in California are taking part in SunPower's latest Solar
Science Academy, a project-based learning program offered each summer by the solar technology company.
With about 300 high school students from 17 districts attending this year, the one-week program aims to immerse participants "in a
solar-focused curriculum that emphasizes the real-world application of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM)," according to a
news release. "Participating students and teachers work with industry professionals and participate in learning laboratories and field trips
to nearby solar system installations. The program concludes with student presentations to a panel of industry representatives, school board
members, teachers and community leaders."
"As solar power plays an increasingly critical role in meeting global energy demand, students participating in the SunPower Solar Science
Academy may be the engineers and business leaders charting our energy future," said Howard Wenger, president of business units at SunPower, in
a prepared statement. "In the process of learning about solar technology and energy solutions, the students' enthusiasm and ability to
understand complex concepts is very inspiring. SunPower is proud of the increasing number of participants in the Solar Science Academy program
we attract each year."
This week the academy is hosting 65 students from Fontana,
Moreno Valley, Rialto and
San Bernardino school districts at the
University of California, Rvierside and 70 students from the Antioch,
Oakland and Pittsburg school districts at
California State University-East Bay. Other districts with students taking part in
the academy include Fairfield-Suisun,
Porterville, Cutler-Orosi and
"We are excited about working with SunPower to offer this program to our students and staff," said Tracey Vacker, director of career
technical education at Fontana Unified School District, in a prepared statement. "The SunPower Solar Science Academy brings relevant and
real-life knowledge into the classroom, while preparing students for the challenges of the 21st century. We're grateful for the opportunity to
support the development of our community's young people with this curriculum during the summer months."
Since its launch in 2012 more than 600 students and 86 teachers have participated in the SunPower Solar Science Academy.
Joshua Bolkan is contributing editor for Campus Technology, THE Journal and STEAM Universe. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.