SunPower Solar Science Academy Underway at School Districts in California and Arizona Hands-On Engineering Curriculum Prepares Students for Bright Futures; Brings Technology from On-site Solar Power Systems into Classrooms
SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 2, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- This summer, SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR) is introducing its SunPower Solar Science Academy to more than 140 students from six K-12 school districts in California and Arizona. Each week-long program features solar-focused curriculum with an emphasis on science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM), blending lectures and field trips with problem-solving discussions and practical applications of knowledge.
"For 20 years I've worked on business-sponsored projects that connect hands-on experience to the classroom," said Randy Wallace, director, Tulare County Office of Education. "The SunPower Solar Science Academy is by far the most organized and engaging project I've seen. I'm amazed at the knowledge staff and students are gaining as a result of the program."
Mount Diablo, San Ramon Valley, West Contra Costa and Porterville Unified School Districts, as well as Oxnard Union High School District, are hosting SunPower Solar Science Academies for students this summer, while Scottsdale Unified School District in Arizona will launch the program in the fall.
In addition to partnering with the districts on the academies, SunPower has also worked with them to provide on-site SunPower solar power systems that generate clean, renewable solar power for their facilities, and significant savings for their general funds.
"California schools are expected to achieve up to $1.5 billion in savings on their electricity bills over the next 30 years as a result of on-site solar power systems. The SunPower Solar Science Academy helps further leverage on-campus installations by bringing the technology into classrooms," said SunPower Managing Director Bill Kelly. "It is really rewarding for SunPower, which developed our leading solar technology here in California, to have that technology inspire kids towards excellence in their education."
The Solar Science Academy curriculum was developed in partnership with district teachers under guidance from the Contra Costa Economic Partnership (CCEP), a nonprofit association of business, education and public sector leaders dedicated to creating and retaining quality jobs. Twenty-four teachers have contributed to the academies, funded by SunPower, by creating lesson plans, leading academy sessions or participating in solar training courses.
Throughout the school year, SunPower is also providing solar teaching tools to participating districts through programs established by Project Lead the Way in California. Project Lead the Way is a non-profit organization that partners with public schools, organizations, and higher education institutions to increase the number and quality of engineers, technologists, and biomedical professionals graduating from our educational system. The courses provide opportunities for students to understand the scientific process, engineering problem-solving and the application of technology.
"The engaging coursework provided by SunPower and CCEP allows students to explore the practical applications of solar technology, inspiring them to consider the rewards and benefits of pursuing technical and engineering careers," said Dr. Duane Crum, state leader for Project Lead the Way's California program.
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