Solar Suitcases and Cars Built by Lincoln HS Green Academy Students

Students in the Lincoln High School Green Academy are learning about renewable energy with some fun hands-on engineering projects. The Green Academy is part of the Energy, Environment, and Utilities sector of the Career Pathways program, which offers career technical education for high school students throughout the district.

During this time of distance learning, Green Academy students were sent home solar car kits from SunWindSolar. They were able to share their completed projects through photos and videos, showcasing a breadth of creativity.

Examples of completed solar cars by Green Academy students

Over the last couple of years, students in the Green Academy had the opportunity to build solar suitcases, which helps provide a sustainable light and energy source for schools in Kenya. In partnership with We Share Solar, the suitcases were installed by WISEE (Women in Sustainable Energy and Entrepreneurship), an all-female solar installation team in Kenya.

The WISEE team installs the solar suitcase built by Lincoln HS students at Kamweleni Secondary School in Kenya in April 2019

Through building solar suitcases, Green Academy students received hands-on experience in solar energy and renewables. To connect with the students in Kenya, each builder left a letter about themselves and what they learned from the process of building the suitcase. Photos from the class were also included, and students in Kenya wrote letters of appreciation in return. Not only do students in the program receive technical education, but also receive a valuable and humbling opportunity to learn from communities outside their own.