Solar education for kids is easy, fun and important.
Teaching about solar energy is important because a renewable source of energy such as solar energy is their future. Our society needs to create solar kids, or kids that are aware and ready for the future of solar energy.
Most kids, even very young ones are already aware of the sun as a source of energy. They are aware that the sun heats the earth. What they need to learn about solar energy and the sun next is that it can be harnessed and used to heat our homes, cook our food and run everything that we depend on electricity to do.
Educators today are teaching about solar energy in ways that kid’s grand parents or even parents did not learn.
Educators need to continue the momentum and make solar education a top priority. Parents can also be advocates for teaching about solar energy. The youngest children can learn about solar energy with one of the cool new solar-powered toys. Teaching about solar energy can include having the child to compare these toys with ones that require a battery pack or power adapter.
Kids love learning about dinosaurs, and teachers of young children usually incorporate dinosaur units into the curriculum. They learn about extinction and lots of fascinating facts about dinosaurs. Teachers should take this opportunity to introduce what fossil fuels are. Children can understand that these fossil fuels are dead dinosaurs. They need to become aware of the difference between renewable and nonrenewable energy sources, and this is an excellent chance to introduce the concept.
Explaining the process of how sunlight can be harnessed and turned into energy is the hardest step in learning about solar energy.
Some teachers have found simulation to work. The birthday party analogy is one example. Students are asked to imagine a group of their friends in the den having a party. Kids are walking around fairly calmly and enjoying the company of friends. Suddenly everyone is given a huge dose of sugar and the music is turned up louder. All the kids at the party get super hyper and move all through the house, spilling out into the lawn. The den represents solar panels, the kids are electrical charges and the sugar and music represents the sun’s energy.
After kids understand the analogy, a solar house kit can be used for a complete understanding of how solar power works. This is a very affordable kit with a thin solar panel that is used to power an LED and a small fan.
Finally, solar kids need to become “energy police.”
Teach them to look for ways that energy is wasted around the house. This will instill the importance of renewable energy sources for the future.