Leicester Elementary School Visit
As many of you may know, our team has been dedicated to Education since the beginning of our project. For the past two years we have had team members dedicated to outreach and education that have worked with numerous school groups, retirement homes and local organizations. During the past school year we had several long-term projects set up with local elementary schools to teach them about solar power and energy-efficient homes. And it was amazing to see not only how much the kids we worked with learned, but also what we were able to learn from them. We often had students visiting our 2011 and 2013 homes tell us about the different ways their own families were building and living in energy-efficient ways, and they had some great ideas!
Although the local schools are not in session, we have continued our educational outreach in the past two months to different camps and summer programs. On July 10th, Sofia and I hosted about 15 students from a summer enrichment program at Leicester Elementary School in Middlebury’s 2011 home, Self-Reliance. We first asked the students to share with us their ideas of what makes a home and different ways to save energy. Then we sent them on a scavenger hunt with clues to find interesting things in the home, such as the recycled coke-bottle chairs or the solar hot water panels on the roof. After they had found each item and learned about it they shared what they had learned with the rest of their group. It was great to see how engaged they were, and how excited they were to learn about things like the conversion from direct current from our solar panels into alternating current which we use in our home. It is always a joy to share what we have learned with others, and especially with the next generation who I know will be making their own innovations in just a few years.
We look forward to hosting more school groups and camps in August when InSite will be on display here in Middlebury. If you know of a local school or camp group who would be interested, please don’t hesitate to contact someone on the team to set up a visit! And don’t forget about our August 3rd open house from 1-4 pm, which is open to the public.