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SEO Solar Cart Visits Columbus Metropolitan Library – Livingston Branch

On April 8th, 2016, the Solar Cart Project Team had the opportunity to visit one of the Columbus Public Libraries to teach young students about solar energy. The library was about a fifteen-minute drive from the university. We are grateful for the help of Professor Betty Anderson, an Electrical and Computer Engineering professor at Ohio State, in organizing the trip. Professor Anderson leads many outreach programs through the College of Engineering. This event went very well, and we hope to continue our partnership with Professor Anderson as we grow the outreach portion of our club's solar cart project.

Presentation of solar panel

This program differed from most of our past programs because we had such a small group of children in attendance. There were only about fifteen children so we really wanted to engage the group. We started with a small presentation about solar energy and its uses in the world. Then we divided up and spent the rest of the day in small groups that presented the four interactive projects that we had built for the solar cart project. These projects included an electronic “music maker” designed like a piano, an RC car powered by solar charged batteries, a hand-crank generator, and a solar tracker project that uses four photo resistors to measure the amount of light each one receives and follow the brightest source available. We also brought a couple other projects the group had recently completed, such as a night light that is run with solar charged batteries, and a large solar panel our group built (pictured above).

Member and children interacting with music maker

"This was my first time being a part of the outreach portion of our group, and it was an incredible experience. I believe I speak for everyone when I say the interest the kids had in learning about solar technology and its applications was inspiring" - John Garriott. We are grateful we had the opportunity to teach the kids more about these things. We are excited for the next semester and the opportunity to continue engaging with students in our community, in order to teach and develop the next generation's interest in solar technology.