Nebraskans for Solar / Nebraska Solar Schools Volunteers Meeting

January 14, 2020 @ 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm
UNO Barbara Weitz Community Engagement Center, Meeting Room 127
6400 University Drive S (64th & Dodge)

We are hosting a roundtable discussion / work party for everyone interested in volunteering to help with and provide your input on our events, programs and projects. We will discuss volunteer opportunities and assemble materials for Earth Day celebrations, Nature Nights and other large events, presentations and hands-on workshops.

At this work party we will put together 1,000 Mini Solar Cooker Kits made from pizza boxes and other materials, which kids of all ages can decorate at Earth Day events and take home to make S’Mores with their families and friends.

This event also provides an opportunity for teachers and after-school program directors to learn more about our Nebraska Solar Schools’ NEED Solar Energy Kits project and, for those who are interested, to fill out an order form for a free kit.

In April 2019 the Nebraska Environmental Trust awarded Nebraska Solar Schools a grant for $31,250 to provide K-12 Nebraska schools with award-winning National Energy Education Development (NEED) solar energy kits for Nebraska schools at no cost to teachers and after-school program directors. There are four NEED grade-level kits available:

The Sun and Its Energy: Grades K-2
Wonders of the Sun: Grades 3-5
Energy from the Sun: Grades 6-8
Exploring Photovoltaics: Grades 9-12

All the materials needed for each lesson plan, project and activity are included in the kits, providing teachers a time-saving and fun way to incorporate solar energy education into their classroom and after-school STEM-based programs. Almost all the curriculum materials in the kits are reusable, and so each kit can be used by multiple teachers. Replacement kits for consumables are available from NEED.Org at a fraction of the cost of the main kit.

Learn more about the NEED Solar Energy Kits and see examples of projects and activities for each grade level here: NEED Solar Energy Kits Project (PDF)

Refreshments provided. Reserved parking is available in the lot in front of the Community Engagement Center.

Questions? Please contact Helen Deffenbacher, Nebraska Solar Schools Facilitator: