Letter from a high school science teacher – April 2014
Dear Ron McDowell :
I'm writing to deeply thank you and Solar Oregon for linking me up with your board president, Doug Boleyn, who served as an energetic and inspiring guest speaker in two of my high school physics classes last week.
In December, as I was searching for a solar tech expert who could share the history of and motivations for the human harnessing of solar energy, I contacted your office and Emily Krafft gave me Doug's name. This was after I'd received a grant from PGE and the Portland STEM Metro Center to embed sustainable energy curriculum into my high school physics program. Doug enthusiastically agreed to come, bringing many different generations/technologies of panels (thin film vs crystalline, old ones vs new ones, etc) for students to compare.
As a 40-year veteran renewable energy engineer, and one of THE most knowledgeable and experienced Solar guys in the entire country, Doug was our capstone speaker for our two-week "climate change and solar energy" unit, making an impression on students that will last a lifetime. He convinced us that, despite human's lethargic resistance to change and investing in the "unknown", solar energy is affordable, sustainable, easy, and one of the many "right" things to do for our world!
Thanks again for all that he shared, and for all that Solar Oregon does to educate the public on these crucial topics! I've encouraged my students to use solaroregon.org website to plan their next steps.
Signed: Mr. Shannon Schilling, Sunset High School Science Department, Portland OR
Class website: http://teach.beaverton.k12.or.us/~shannon_schilling/