STEM for girls

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March 26, 2019
girls standing around a table with solar panel

The GRID team was pleased to participate for the third year in a row in the third annual Yolo County Office of Education STEM for Girls event, a 1-day program designed to inspire girls ages 10-12 in the Yolo County school district to pursue interests in STEM fields, which include topics related to Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). GRID was represented at the event by three female staff members from our Operations and Construction departments, who conducted three 45 min workshops on the exciting world of solar power.

The hands-on workshop was designed to ignite young minds to explore various elements related to solar, from the science of light, to the nuts and bolts of solar system installation, to measuring and managing electricity, to the importance of clean, renewable energy for the application of power in our daily lives. Groups of the students used a multimeter to measure voltage generated from a solar panel, played solar-related games, such as the “photon scramble” (a game similar to musical chairs that demonstrates the photoelectric effect) and a “wire pull race”, explored a hands-on demonstration on solar installation, and participated in a clean energy trivia game.  It was a wonderful, sunny day inspiring young girls with the magic of solar!