We are creating a curriculum for at-risk high school students at the Natural Bridges Green Center to engage and interest them in green careers. Students will be working on a 6-month innovative project applying chemistry and engineering skills to create solar dye cells, building a rainwater catchment system, and monitoring solar tubes. The students will learn how and why to critically address the importance of sustainability by the amount of much energy and water they are saving by utilizing the solar tubes/dye cells and rainwater catchment system. Throughout the year, students will be creating an environmentally focused film and audio logs. Their finished film will be presented at the 2014 summer exposition at the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary Exploration Center at Santa Cruz, California. Students will not only learn about sustainability, but will also educate the broader public audience through the exhibit on innovative projects from the students at NBGCC.
FEATURED PROJECT: Passive Solar Utilization at Natural Bridges Green School
In order to promote natural lighting and reduce both CO2 emissions and electrical energy use, the Natural Bridges Solar Tube (NBST) team planned to install tubular skylights known as solar tubes at Natural Bridges Green School (NBGS). The NBST team, comprised of two IDEASS interns (Alexa Schroeder and Tatiana Sujatim), believe that providing natural lighting in the classroom will enhance student learning. Concurrent with the physical installation portion of the project, the NBST team will also teach a curriculum based on passive solar design and green building principles to the students at NBGS.
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No one is currently working on this project, but it is not complete.