By providing resources and tools to educators across the country, the Education Outreach team at the N.C. Solar Center has played a heavy role in teaching individuals about sustainable technologies. For years, the N.C. Solar Center Education Outreach team has given students at all levels firsthand experience working with alternative transportation technologies as well as other “green” technologies. Such experiences include the Junior Solar Sprint as well as the N.C. Sustainable Building Design Challenge. Not only does the program provide students with various learning opportunities, but educators as well, through professional development programs. These programs utilize the services of NC State University researchers and professors as well as graduate and undergraduate students. In addition to university involvement, various sustainable technology industries participate by providing tools and funding. Through the use of various sources, the N.C. Solar Center Education Outreach team provides unique learning experiences for students and educators.
The N.C. Solar Center is a strong advocate for the implementation of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) Education into the schools. Through the various K-20 programs, STEM principles are integrated into the lessons in order for students to gain as much knowledge as possible. Students can experience working with STEM concepts by using data collected from renewable technologies at the NC Solar Center. Our Green Research for Incorporating Data in the Classroom (GRIDc) project provides detailed, up-to-date data for students and educators to utilize in their lessons and work. Such programs allow educators and students to access collected data from instruments not locally or readily available.