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"Clackamas County students get an education in energy"

Students in Clackamas County are seeing the light, thanks to the new Youth Energy Education program implemented this past school year. The team-oriented, 13-hour classroom curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in engineering, math, science, and technology. It includes student-led projects such as measuring household energy use, designing and building solar cars and batteries, and testing insulation materials.

"Clackamas County students get an education in energy"

Courtesy, Sustainable Business Oregon - Here, a Clackamas County elementary school student participates in the new Youth Energy Education program.

BY: Drew Dakessian

Sustainable Business Oregon

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Students in Clackamas County are seeing the light, thanks to the new Youth Energy Education program implemented this past school year.

The team-oriented, 13-hour classroom curriculum is designed to provide students with a solid foundation in engineering, math, science, and technology. It includes student-led projects such as measuring household energy use, designing and building solar cars and batteries, and testing insulation materials.

Such activities relate directly to real-world energy issues.

“We are facing this clean energy crisis,” said Emily Krafft, an AmeriCorps volunteer and outreach coordinator with Solar Oregon, a non-profit organization providing Oregonians with outreach and education on solar technology and its applications. “And we’re needing to prepare a new generation to really address those issues.”

The program was designed for students in grades 3 through 6.

“We really want to prepare the next generation to have those solid engineering and science skills beginning at the elementary school level,” said Krafft, “so that by the time they’re adults, this becomes sort of mainstream knowledge.”

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