Solar Lessons: Brought To You By Dow Corning

Dow Corning recently announced that it was introducing a new curriculum for middle school students that focuses on solar energy. The curriculum was developed with input from the Earth Day Network, the American Chemistry Society and the National Education Association.

The curriculum, aimed at fifth through eighth graders, is made up of four lesson plans that provide an overview of solar power, the technology of solar panels and the advantages of solar power. It will be available online, and some of its elements will be up for display at the 2011 Solar Decathlon, of which Dow Corning is a sponsor.

Image via Solar Decathlon/DOE

The idea behind the curriculum is to educate students about solar power as it becomes a more popular form of energy in the future. “Solar energy is being used today throughout the globe,” said Robert D. Hansen, president and CEO of Dow Corning, “and it is essential that students begin to understand where the energy comes from that turns on the lights, powers their computers, and keeps their refrigerator cold.”

Hansen also has hope that comprehensive lessons on renewable energy in early education will help inspire a future generation of scientists and specialists in the solar sector.

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Laura Caseley is a graduate of SUNY New Paltz and a resident of New York State’s Hudson Valley. She writes for several publications and when she’s not writing, she can usually be found painting in her makeshift studio or enjoying the scenery of her hometown.