Leah stresses the importance of making connections between energy sources and electricity consumption — something many students don’t entirely grasp. “Lots of them don’t even think about the fact that turning on the lights is power that is somehow having to be created,” Leah says. “They’ve heard it, but they don’t really understand it.”
Kelly Park, Relay Education’s Communications Manager of eight years, reinforces the idea that educating students is vital for the transition to renewable energy. “They’re the leaders of tomorrow. It’s important for youth to understand the situation we are currently in,” she stresses. “We believe that they are the ones who are going to have to deal with the situation.”
The last hour of the day was spent outside testing the solar cars under the sun. As we watched the kids revel in the excitement of their cars, we spoke with their teacher, Matthew Penner.