Additional Solar Challenge training scheduled for teachers

We are offering a fast-moving training on VEEP’s Solar Challenge Curriculum for middle and high school science teachers who have a strong energy background*. You will get an overview of the Solar Challenge curriculum and materials and walk through some of the activities.
When: Thursday, April 16, 9 a.m.–4 p.m.
Where: Barre’s Aldrich Library
Costs: $50 per teacher, plus $40 restocking fee to borrow a kit of materials after the training (scholarships and grants may be available: inquire at

In the Solar Challenge, students are guided to build a concentrating solar collector that will heat 12 ounces of water using solar energy. Students learn about energy sources and energy science. They design and refine to produce a miniature mock-up and then a full-scale working model of their solar collector. They test the model outdoors in the sun, taking data and documenting their work, just like a professional engineer does when working on a new product design. Data is collected and analyzed graphically, and performance is measured using three criteria: temperature rise of the water, efficiency and cost effectiveness.

To register for the institute, or more information, send an e-mail to

*For this training we assume teachers have taught lessons on heat transfer (conduction convection and radiation) and on how light moves (reflection, angle of incidence/reflection) and are comfortable with teaching how to build cardboard models. Teachers should also be comfortable with taking lesson plans for hands-on stations and activities and implementing them without practicing all the steps in the workshop. For teachers wanting more depth we recommend our summer institutes.