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.”