Solar panels are an incredible resource for a school, churning out data that can be incorporated into a variety of subjects. But, the opportunities kick in before the panels are installed.
To successfully fundraise, a school needs to involve their whole community and we encourage our schools to put their pupils right at the heart of that effort. Solar Schools presents a unique opportunity to give young people ownership over a positive, practical project that actively tackles climate change while developing a host of other skills in the process.
We’ve seen pupils running their own fundraising events, setting up school-wide energy reduction campaigns, appearing in local media, writing and implementing communications plans and pitching to local business forums.
Sheets in the resource packs give suggestions for involving students in the journey and integrating panels into teaching, and we involve pupils in our online and offline training sessions. The best examples of student involvement are featured in our social media, blogs and email newsletters.
To help teachers incorporate renewables and energy into the curriculum, we work with excellent partners to provide lesson plans and teacher training.
Solar Schools UK was a commended finalist in the educational initiative category at the 2013 Climate Week awards.
“Solar Schools has completely re-invigorated our students’ approach to sustainability. We’ve had pupils queuing down the corridor to get into our eco-team meets” Gary, teacher.