ASES Member Facilitates Hands-On Solar Demonstration
About 60 junior high school girls toured ASES member Rich Born’s solar home in DeKalb, Ill., in June. Born gave a short presentation and then the girls cycled through a series of five hands-on activities, including demonstrating the effect of shadows on solar cells; monitoring energy production/consumption; and calculating the time to charge a Chevy Volt.
The girls were participating in a STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) camp at Northern Illinois University, hosted by NIU’s Enhancing Engineering Pathways program. The program, funded by the Motorola Solutions Foundation, aims to establish a sustainable pathway for girls into the engineering field.