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We combine solar energy education with real-world purpose to foster students’ interest in STEM and inspire them to be global changemakers.

We Share Solar

Berkeley, California, USA
We Share Solar teachers lead students in building a 12-volt DC stand-alone solar system, the We Share Solar® Suitcase. Students learn about global energy poverty, basic electricity, solar energy, and engineering. A portion of the Solar Suitcases from classrooms go to a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world, remaining systems are retained for ongoing education.
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We Share Solar

We Share Solar empowers students to be global changemakers. By combining solar energy and engineering education with real-world applicability, trained teachers cultivate students’ interest in STEM subjects and inspire them to meet an immediate need in the developing world.

Our Teachers

Teachers learn to teach our engaging curriculum in our two-day workshops. These trained teachers then lead their students in building our 12-volt DC stand-alone solar system, the We Share Solar® Suitcase. Although targeted at high school science teachers, the program can be adapted for use in interdisciplinary courses as well as in middle school and college settings.

Our Students

As students build, they learn about global energy poverty, basic electricity, solar energy, and engineering. Students donate some of their classroom’s We Share Solar suitcases to a school or community center in an energy-poor region of the world. The remaining systems are retained for ongoing education.

Our Global Service

We Share Solar works with partners in target countries to select energy poor schools and community centers as placement sites. Our partners conduct solar installations and provide training to Solar Suitcase users. These global partners share stories and photos from beneficiaries with the student builders so that students can see the full impact of their work.

Our Partners

We Share Solar is funded by corporations and foundations who value STEM education, community engagement, and global citizenship.

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Innovation Overview
TEACHERS
Target Group
22 700
Children/Users
5
Countries
2013
Established
Not-for-profit
Organisation
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We Share Solar offers a flexible curriculum that lets teachers choose the path that best fits their classroom. We have a curriculum map that offers three paths and lesson plans, presentations, and assignments for each.
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We Share Solar: Lighting a School for Deaf Children in Kenya
Students build Solar Suitcases during hands-on We Share Solar, Wells Fargo STEM workshop at AISES National Conference
Minneapolis Students Build We Share Solar Suitcases to Provide Light to Students in Kenya

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