We Share Solar: Engineering Solutions for the Developing World

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  • Aug 6-10 Date
  • $295 Price
  • Boulder, CO Location
  • Aug 3 Deadline

We Share Solar empowers students to be global change makers. By combining solar energy and engineering with real-world applicability, participants are inspired to meet an immediate need in the developing world. This class links practical engineering skills with global humanitarian service, teaching participants about solar energy while developing awareness of global energy issues. We’ll spend the week building Solar Suitcases and then deciding on a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world with whom to share them. Don’t miss this opportunity to make a real difference in the lives of others, work with local engineers and learn about the ever-emerging world of solar energy.

Background on We Share Solar: On a research trip to Nigeria in 2008, Dr. Laura Stachel made a surprising and heartbreaking discovery about why so many mothers and babies were dying in childbirth. The problem was not only too few doctors and not enough medical supplies, it was also a matter of too little light. Hospitals routinely lost electricity at night, with night time deliveries attended to in near-darkness. Cesarean sections became higher-risk when conducted by flashlight, if they weren’t cancelled altogether. As doctors waited for the sun, their patients suffered. Too often, the outcomes were tragic. Although Laura went to Nigeria to teach best obstetric practices, she discovered that she had to deal with the most pressing problem first. These doctors, nurses, and midwives needed light. Luckily, Laura had a connection: her husband, Hal Aronson, a solar educator.

About the Solar Suitcase: When Hal learned of the problems with unstable lighting in the hospital, he got to work designing a solar electric system for the hospital. He provided a demonstration solar lighting kit that Laura could bring back to Nigeria. On a piece of plywood sized to fit in a carry-on suitcase, Hal created a prototype of a stand-alone solar system that provided light and charging power. The Solar Suitcase was born!

Registration for this class closes on Sunday, July 29th at 11:59pm. If you wish to register for this class after that date, please call 303-492-7188.

Age Policy: Careful consideration is used to determine age levels for all classes. To provide the highest quality experience for all students, it is necessary to adhere to the specified age range for this class.

Summer Program Cancellation and Transfer Policy: Cancellations made more than 15 business days prior to the start of the class will incur a $35 administrative fee. NO refunds will be given for cancellations made within 15 business days of the start of the class. In the event that a class is cancelled by Science Discovery, registrants will receive a full refund. Transfer requests made up to 15 days prior to the start of the class will incur a $15 administrative fee. Transfer requests made within 15 business days will incur a $35 administrative fee.

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