Middle school introduces students to climate and energy science with hands-on project

On a recent Thursday, Katie Small’s eighth-grade science class at St. Louis Park Middle School was hard at work. The students were gathered around a series of small blue plastic suitcases, up to their elbows in wires and assembly instructions.

The goal was to put together a series of “solar suitcases” — 12-volt DC standalone solar power systems that will later be shipped to Kenya. There they’ll be installed for use at schools in the Kakuma refugee camp. It’s a program known as “We Share Solar.”

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