2020 Energy Camp Recap and Resources for Kids

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Each summer we open our office doors to welcome a bus full of rising 6th graders who are eager to learn about energy efficiency and solar power as part of the week long Wake Energy Camp. Like most events in 2020, we weren’t sure if this year’s Energy Camp would be happening. When we found out we were invited to host a virtual office tour and Q&A session, we were over the moon sun! Our team members, Jamie, Grant, and Mike put together a fun presentation on building science, home performance, energy efficiency, and solar power. They also hopped in on a Q&A session and answered lots of questions!

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Energy Campers at SEM's office in 2018.

Here are a few questions campers asked:

Q: What is the hottest temperature at which a solar panel can operate?
The REC modules we currently install are rated for -40 degF to 185 degF

Q: What things in my house can be powered by solar panels?
Anything and everything that plugs into an electrical outlet!

Q: How many solar panels do most homes have?
20-30

Show us Your Knowledge, Win a Prize!

All of the lessons and activities are still available on the Wake Energy Camp site if you missed out on Energy Camp earlier this month. These educational resources are geared for 4th, 5th, and 6th graders. Our 30 minute energy efficiency and solar power virtual tour is also available online (below) and we’ve put together a new activity to go with the video. Fill out a quiz form and we’ll send you a fun prize!

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This year’s energy camp was also joined by Yates Mill Park, Appalachian State Wind Farm, Shearon Harris Nuclear Plant, and the N.C. Cooperative Extension. A huge shout out to the Wake County Energy Commission, and especially Evan, for seeking solutions and adapting this year’s camp to be virtual and free for all to enjoy. 

If you have any other questions, Jamie, Grant, and Mike would be happy to answer them for you! As schools begin opening soon in various formats, we’d love to help connect more educators with energy efficiency and solar power resources. Just send an email to happiness@southern-energy.com with everything you want to know or how we can help in your home, school, or virtual classroom.

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