When schools closed in mid-March, we brainstormed ways to help parents and educators teach kids at home and decided to launch an experimental Webinar Series aimed at grade-school students. We started with what we know – solar energy – and then expanded to include guest stars from our partner organizations. The response has been incredible! We’ve had students tune in from all over New England, including full classrooms, asking thoughtful questions of our hosts. We’ve also been incredibly fortunate to have our musically talented Solar Designer Jeff McGlashan with us every week, creating new songs on the spot (themed to each week’s topic!) to accompany Sunsquatch dancing at the end.
The full videos can be found on our Events Page, but here are some highlights (and follow-up activities!) from the past 6 weeks of Student Webinars:
Solar Q+A For Students, Solar Mythbusting
- Solar panels still work in the winter! In fact, they are more efficient in colder temperatures.
- Play around with the Solar Calculator and see how different electric bills affect your solar system size.
Milkweed & Monarchs with The Trustees
- Tagging monarchs is an easy way to get involved with Citizen Science and help track monarchs’ migration!
- Make Your Own Butterfly Puddler and encourage butterflies to rest in your backyard!
Backyard Birding with Maine Audubon
- During the next full moon, look up and see if you can see migrating chickadees flying past the moon!
- Maine Audubon (solar powered!) updates their website daily with fun family activities so you can become a backyard birding expert!
Solar on Schools: Youth Activism
- Casco Bay High student Siri Pierce shared her experience with SolaRISE Portland and how a small group of students convinced an entire school system to go solar!
- Tune in to Siri’s next event on May 12th!
Wildlife Biology with US Fish & Wildlife
- We were joined by a wildlife biologist and wildlife technician from the Parker River Refuge in Newburyport and they told us all about their job – monitoring and helping animals, preserving habitat, and educating the public.
- Watch this video to see a full Day in the Life of a Wildlife Technician!
Marine Mammal Rescue with Seacoast Science Center
- We watched the dramatic release of Armstrong, a seal who was rescued, rehabbed, and released successfully back into the ocean!
- Do a banana pose and act like a healthy seal! If you see a seal on the beach and they’re not in banana pose – give it space and call Marine Mammal Rescue.
Composting 101 – with Offbeet Compost
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