Last fall, students in the Scientific Inquiry intensive theme course, had the opportunity to learn about solar energy and energy accessibility through the We Share Solar program, supported by Wells Fargo. The program provides students with the opportunity to build small portable photovoltaic lighting systems known as We Share Solar Suitcases, that are stand-alone, fully operational solar power systems. Two of these suitcases were deployed to schools in the developing world that lacked access to electricity. Before sending off the suitcases, the SES students involved not only decorated and signed the inside cover, but also wrote letters and sent pictures to the students at the school.
Due to the pandemic, their installation was delayed, but they have now both been installed and we received this wonderful update from the first suitcase installation at Yawya Primary School in Kenya. We will be sure to share the story of our second installation at Kakuma Refugee Camp, also in Kenya, once we receive it.
We are so honored to be part of such a wonderful program, providing a hands-on humanitarian approach to a meaningful STEM project. We plan to continue working with We Share Solar and have received an additional suitcase to be built and deployed during the 2020-21 school year.
For more information about this program, please visit wesharesolar.org.