Blown Away

The entire class of fantatic students.
  • October 10, 2008
  • St. Joachim
  • Costa Mesa  CA
  • 4th Grade
  • 35 Students

  • Zelinda  Welch
  • Market Analyst
  • Solar Energy Solutions Group
  • Huntington Beach, CA
  • Always bring my cloth bag to the grocery store!

Students' Reaction

The students seemed to have a great time, with enthusiastic responses for experiment helpers. There are obviously a number of scientists in the making.

Questions I was asked

Can you use a magnifying lens to focus sunlight on to a module?

There are newer technologies coming out that do just that. They are called Concentrating Photovoltaic systems. The system uses lenses or mirrors and a tracking system to focus the sunlight into a concentrated beam of light. This beam of light is focused on a very small, highly efficient cell. Its just like the cell on these modules, but much smaller and more powerful.

Overall Impression

Wow this was our first Solar Academy class in the United States and we were blown away by the St. Joachim 4th grade class. The students were very knowledgeable and ask excellent questions. Teaching to the class was awesome and a lot of fun. We just hope we will be invited back next year!