Education saw a serious upgrade with the introduction of STEM in 2001. With an intense focus on teaching our nation’s youngest minds the importance and attainability of science, technology, engineering and math, STEM gave children the possibility of literally changing their world.
As with any great idea, STEM continues to this day to be iterated on. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and was developed as a method for bringing culture to the STEM approach.
Another popular education-methodology is GreenSTEM. As it sounds, GreenSTEM seeks to marry the ecosystem of our world with the innovations STEM encourages.
One area that we’re excited to support is the idea that renewable energy, which for us is solar power, is an excellent method of teaching and engaging students in GreenSTEM learning.
GreenSTEM: STEM’s Older, More Responsible Brother
What exactly is GreenSTEM? According to greenSTEM.org, GreenSTEM:
- creates programs that add unique value to a student’s career at school, and appreciation of place and ecology: to enrich both [students’] lives and well-being and contribute to the school community.
- provides training, site-specific garden management, and problem-solving opportunities that enable teachers and students to enjoy going outdoors to learn.
Wow. Using agriculture, in combination with high-tech and mechanical principals, GreenSTEM seeks to make deeper connections for students about their environments, the impacts of the human race, and sustainability.
But, are there any schools using GreenSTEM locally? Yes! Many organizations and schools are bringing GreenSTEM and its ideals to many schools here in the Northeast.
Take for example, Ben Franklin Elementary School in Lawrenceville, New Jersey.
Or Unity Charter School in Morristown, New Jersey – the first school in New Jersey to win a Green Award.
Solar Power is the Father of Sustainability
While this is great for our children (and our future), how does this actually relate to solar power?
Solar power is the father of sustainability. As our culture continues to work toward higher awareness of the impact that the human race has on our ecosystem, solar has led the way in providing a real solution, that can be implemented by virtually anyone and has proven to reduce the carbon footprints of hundreds of thousands of homes, businesses, and schools.
Take for example, a school that we’re proud to have partnered with: Millersville University of Pennsylvania. Millersville reduced their carbon footprint by 170 tons of CO2 per year!
Students are being given unprecedented access to knowledge, tools, support, and teachers to help them imagine a world smarter about all aspects of life, including energy.
Solar energy should be a main curriculum and study focus for any school offering STEM, STEAM, or GreenSTEM now or in their future.
Why Going Green Pays
The bottom-line benefits of choosing to move your school to a solar power energy system are impressive alone – even without the environmental benefits.
Reducing your dependence on crude-oil energy sources creates an opportunity for dramatic cost-savings in simply powering your school.
Grants are being created and offered to aid in offsetting the initial costs of going solar for schools – making this choice even more attractive for charter school boards and even public-school officials.
Here at TerraSol, we see solar as being so much more than just a cool modern-day technology. We see it as the future, pioneering sustainable adaptability; and when we can partner with schools who are committed to raising the eco-responsibility level of their students, we are fulfilling our mission.
Want to learn more about how solar power can make a difference in your organization? Contact us today!