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Photo submitted Eighth grade students from Delta County participated in Solar Lab Days at the Solar Energy International campus in Paonia earlier this month.

Solar Energy International's (SEI) Solar In the Schools (SIS) outreach program hosted its fourth Solar Lab Days for eighth grade students from Delta Middle, Cedaredge Middle, Hotchkiss K-8 and Paonia Jr. High schools on November 2-3 and 6-7. In the span of four days, over 300 students spent the day at SEI's lab facility in Paonia to participate in introductory solar energy activities and energy presentations.

SEI-SIS partnered with Delta Montrose Electric Association and Colorado Parks & Wildlife to deliver hands-on energy labs which included lessons and activities in energy efficiency, measuring energy, solar orientation, solar site analysis, testing properties of a photovoltaic cell, solar art, solar survival skills, and high voltage safety demonstrations.

SEI's Solar In the Schools outreach program reaches out to K-12 students through classroom presentations, teacher trainings, solar lab days, a high school online course paired with five days of lab instruction, a lending library of energy-teaching equipment and a free online renewable energy course. Solar In the Schools has now reached more than 15,000 students and teachers in western Colorado. For more information about SEI's Solar In The Schools please visit www.solarenergy.org or contact andrea@solarenergy.org.

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