A student works on the Kickstarter project
With the help of their teacher, Aaron Sebens, the 4th-grade students researched system components and requirements that would allow their classroom to go off-grid
4th graders working on the project logo
The students also looked at ways of cutting down electricity usage in the classroom, including using LED lights instead of fluorescent and laptops in place of desktop PCs
North Carolina 4th-grade students have raised enough funds on Kickstarter to allow their classroom to go off-grid
After looking into the pros and cons of nine methods of electricity production (including coal, geothermal, biomass, and solar), a group of 9 and 10 year-olds from Central Park School for Children in Durham, North Carolina decided that their classroom should be powered using only energy from the sun. They hit Kickstarter at the beginning of this month with a modest funding goal of just US$800 to help finance the installation of a small PV panel array – a target that was smashed in less than a day.
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