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Help us win a $2,000 matching grant!

Black Rock Solar recently won a $2,000 Partnership Grant for our thriving Education Program, but we need your support to raise another $2,000 by Dec. 31 in order to receive this matching-grant money.

Why is it important? Because Black Rock Solar actively reaches out to our community’s educators and children, promoting enthusiasm for sustainable energy solutions! Through hands-on field trips to our arrays, our popular curriculum lets students use, observe, analyze and learn about solar energy and the science and the technology used to harness it. To make a donation and help support our programs: DONATE NOW!

Specifically, here’s what the money will support:

DSCN3738K-12 Community Organization Field Trips – This program, founded in 2010, provides students with trips to organizations where BRS has built solar arrays. Trips focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) as students learn about renewable energy and technology, climate change, and conservation issues. These trips also teach students about the variety of services and needs found in northern Nevada. Program costs per trip are approximately $500: $300 for school transportation, $100 for supplies (printing, lamination, materials, etc.), $100 for staff travel, additional educational materials, and equipment. The Community Foundation of Western Nevada has generously supported this program through a Partnership Challenge Grant. From now through December 31, 2013, your donation will be matched dollar for dollar up to $2,000.

DSCN3718K-12 Solar School Visits – This is a new and rapidly expanding program to target schools that are unable to participate in field trips, in particular schools in rural areas. BRS brings its nearly 1,000 watt solar trailer to the school to teach students about solar energy. Through hands-on experimentation, students use, observe, analyze, and learn about solar power and the science and technology used to harness it. This program meets the need for STEM education, environmental stewardship and economic development. STEM must be a central and enduring thread throughout K-12 education if we wish to produce the workforce and student pipeline to college in the careers that are needed now and in the future. Program costs per six trips are approximately: $820 for travel and transportation of trailer, $240 for supplies (smoothies or hot chocolate are made for the students using a solar powered blender), $25 for education materials (paper, printing, pencils).

Education Intern – Black Rock Solar promotes environmental stewardship, economic development and energy independence by providing not-for-profit entities, tribes and underserved communities with access to clean energy, education, and job training. Some of Black Rock Solar’s best and brightest employees have started as interns in environmental science, policy and education. College-level students receive much-needed work experience as they prepare to enter a competitive job market; at the same time, the education program benefits from the support and assistance of a motivated intern. Students work 10-20 hours per week.

For more about our Education Program: EDUCATION

To make a donation and help support our programs: DONATE NOW!

Thank you for your generous support!

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