Educating the Educators: StraightUp Solar Shares Expertise with Noyce Program Teaching Fellows in Southern Illinois

As solar energy experts, StraightUp Solar’s Marion crew was delighted to shared their solar expertise with the River Region Master Teaching Fellows Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale by providing classroom learning, tours and hands-on lessons to sixteen K-12 teachers from across Southern Illinois.  Our veteran Project Developers, Solar Designers, Installers, Policy Experts, Service Techs, and Permitting and Incentive Specialists transferred their real-world knowledge to the classroom over the immersive two-week seminar. Our team taught the Fellows about the evolution of energy, solar energy design and technology, solar policy and energy storage. 

In addition to touring the solar installations at John A. Logan College and at the City of Carbondale Civic Center, both installed by StraightUp Solar, the Fellows dove into hands-on learning projects to bring back to their classrooms. Their final project was building a solar oven capped by an Iron Chef competition.

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What is the River Region Master Teaching Fellows Program?

The River Region Master Teaching Fellows Program at Southern Illinois University Carbondale focuses on sustainability and aims to revitalize STEM teaching in Southern Illinois. The five-year program, supported by the Robert Noyce Program at the National Science Foundation, provides education, experiences, and resources to help teachers become leaders in their schools and community. 

Solar Energy Experts in Southern Illinois

StraightUp Solar’s office in Marion, Illinois  supports the community by helping local homeowners and businesses become energy independent. With energy costs on the rise, solar locks in electricity rates for the long-term. From design to development to installation and beyond, we’re energized to deliver on every solar photovoltaic (PV) installation we build. We provide custom solar solutions to fit the unique needs of each home or business.

Education is Integral to Our CLEARE Values

StraightUp Solar is proud to expand solar education in Southern Illinois. Core to our company CLEARE values, education is a part of our daily work. From educating homeowners and businesses on the benefits of solar, to tabling at community events, to embracing professional learning and certifications, like NABCEP, we believe that knowledge empowers our community.  If your school is interested in a presentation on solar energy, please reach out. 

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