2008-06-13 / School News

Students Warm Up To New Energy Sources

P.S. 43 student tries to keep up with his solar car.
The educators from Solar 1 last week came to Far Rockaway to teach 6th, 7th and 8th grade students at P.S. 43 and Kappa VI about renewable sources of energy. Students each got a chance to build and design his or her own solar racecars and understand how solar energy works.

This is the second year Solar 1 has come to take part in the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance's Environmental Education School Workshops. This year more than 30 students participated in the program that was sponsored by National Grid, enabling more Rockaway schoolchildren to learn the benefits of greener and cleaner energy.

"Solar and wind energy can heat homes, fuel cars and be converted to electricity. Yet there seems to be very little information or education about this in the Rockaways, an area with no limits for these forms of energy," said Jeanne DuPont, director of the Rockaway Waterfront Alliance.

Rockaway Waterfront Alliance will be initiating programs in the coming months to bring more resources and projects for renewable energy to local youth and the Rockaway community. "We are working to teach young people more about this so they can start to think about ways of using clean energy that doesn't pollute the environment. We hope these workshops will encourage other organizations to make a push for this type of forward thinking in a time when greenhouse gases, fuel costs and the warming of the earth are such serious issues."

P.S. 43 students gather together to see how the solar panels convert sunlight to energy.
A bright idea for Kappa VI student.
Kappa VI students test their cars under sunlamps.

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