SAN JOSE, Calif., Aug. 5, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Approximately 250 students from ten California school districts are participating in this summer's SunPower Solar Science Academy, an academic program launched last year by SunPower Corp. (NASDAQ: SPWR), a global solar technology and energy solutions company. The project- and work-based learning program is delivered over the course of one week in each participating district, immersing district students and teachers in a solar-focused curriculum that emphasizes science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
School districts participating in this summer's program include Antioch, Cutler- Orosi, Dublin, Fresno, Mount Diablo, Oakland, Oxnard, Porterville, San Ramon Valley and Santa Ana. Several of the districts also participated in the 2012 SunPower Solar Science Academy, which served 140 students at six school districts.
Today, approximately 30 students and four teachers from Fresno Unified School District's (FUSD) Edison High School begin their Solar Science Academy experience, hosted by Fresno City College.
"At Edison High School, we are excited about working with SunPower to offer new opportunities to students and staff," said FUSD's Organization Development and Change Management Program Manager Ellie Honardoost. "The SunPower Solar Science Academy helps our educators bring relevant and real-life applications of knowledge into the classroom while preparing students for challenges of the 21 st century. We're grateful for the chance to participate, and support development of our community's young people during the summer months."Over the course of one week, students and teachers participating in the Solar Science Academy work with industry professionals, and participate in learning laboratories and field trips to nearby solar system installations. The academy concludes with student presentations to a panel of industry executives, school board members, teachers and community leaders.
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