Here comes the sun…
Projects take on many forms at ARTech and don’t always follow a predictable timeline. It’s great for students to learn in an environment where projects of a larger scope have time to reach their full potential. The solar panel study was one such project. As a culminating event, ARTech hosted an All School Gathering on Friday afternoon to acknowledge all the contributors to this year-long project and showcase the panels to the community.
The event began with a rousing session from the African drummers (and why not) before some of key players in this project, Kaya L, Todd T, Ryan B and Peter H shared some insights and thanked donors and contributors. Despite the weather not cooperating (don’t we deserve some sunshine for a solar panel celebration?) we then gathered before a newly erected plaque under the panels for a photo op. Our friend David from the Northfield News was present, so look out for a picture in the local paper.
So what’s next? Hopefully, the solar panel project will act as a catalyst for future projects in the field of sustainable energy. Todd is already putting plans together for an ARTech Sustainable Energy Team (ASET). Ideas are being floated about a possible Greenhouse Project or a study of wind energy. During the project process, exciting relationships have been established with organizations such as the Minnesota Renewable Energy Society. Each time I glance up at the panels on my way into the building, there’s a healthy reminder that the youth of this school, with the support of the community, can have unlimited ambitions with these explorations.