In some parts of the country, kids started to return to classes. In Washington, DC, kids returned to school but their return was interrupted by an earthquake. Today the DC public schools and other school districts in the area are closed so that workers can inspect for structural damage.
If you are looking for activities to do with your kids—when they are home because of the snow, or earthquakes, or just for a weekend activity, then you may want to check out our new sister site meant just for kids, parents and teachers. SolarTownKids is meant for kids who want to teach their parents a thing or two about solar energy.
SolarTownKids introduces the basics of solar energy for kids and explains why and how we should use solar power. Many schools throughout the country are putting solar panels on their roofs, and these solar arrays are great learning tools for kids to understand the power of solar energy.
If kids are trying to stay up on the latest solar news, we have included the news feed from SolarTown on the site so that they need not go any further. I don’t know about your kids, but my kids love solar activities and we have included some solar activities, games and more for kids to learn about solar energy. We have included only a few activities and we intend to add to this list of activities. Please write to us with your favorite solar activities so that we can include them as well.
If you are a parent of a solar kid, well, then you need look no further than the section of SolarTownKids for parents. You may be clueless about solar energy, but if you want to keep up with your solar kids, then you can find just enough to bluff your way through and sound like you are in the know about photons and photovoltaic panels (practice in front of a mirror before you try saying polycrystalline three times real fast in front of your kids). If you thirst for more information, then you can of course visit the SolarTown Learning Center and you will get more information about solar energy than you ever wanted. And if that is not enough and you or your kids have more questions, then join our solar forum and post your question. There are excellent users on the solar forum who would love to answer your questions or the questions of your kids.
We are all learning about solar energy, and that includes the teachers, too. I was invited into my son’s class and loved the opportunity to talk about solar energy. There are a plethora of resources out there, but we wanted to put them in one place to help our teachers with their lesson plans. In our teachers’ section of SolarTownKids, we posted our favorite solar videos so that kids can see some applications of solar energy—at home and even over the Artic Ocean. Our solar skiing video has to be one of the kids’ favorite solar videos. We include some basic reading materials and a solar glossary to help navigate the treacherous waters of solar terminology.
As our kids are getting back to school, we encourage you to visit this special site for solar kids. Let us know if you have anything to add to the activities or other parts of the site. The site is dedicated to those kids who will lead this country into the new age of renewable energy.