Program of Emphasis: Renewable Energy

[Music] people think of renewable energy they think of solar energy and wind turbines it's so much more than that we study alternative transportation type things and talk about biofuels and geothermal hydro power systems I'll talk about what we have been doing with energy throughout history and why maybe some of the things we did were good why some of the things we did were not good and why we need to make some changes

It's the perfect balance I feel like between a little bit of math that you have to have to prove the science a little bit of science a little bit of background it's discussion it's talking with each other and learning from each other and then doing something with that our program offers something for everybody so with the dual enrollment program kids can start in their freshman year and take a sequence of courses we start out with alternative energy sources that one covers all the basic topics of renewable energy we start with basic things like solar cooking because that's kind of a fun thing to get kids involved right from the beginning we spend a large amount of time doing a big home efficiency unit -we're looking at a house that is efficient in terms of energy the clothes line right here instead of using like a dryer or something so it'll air dry our clothes we have a garden to grow food the awning and the tree that provides shade -and then they can take the next course which is our photovoltaics course so we talk about using the Sun to make electricity and then with that they can take the solar thermal systems course and so right now we have those three courses and we have our renewable energy honors course -it's not as much book work or homework it's a lot of like I said hands-on not sitting behind the desk all day it's getting out inside and just building different things though in our class we build a solar thermal system where if AC makes hot water from the Sun and it's a whole entire system built on top of a mock roof Seminole State offers a certificate that's 18 hours the courses that they offer towards that certificate several of them can be taken here at Winter Springs High School so they go into college already half done with a certificate and that certificate once they have that they can take that with them transfer to a four-year university so that's really really nice it just opens a lot of doors -it makes me want to switch my career basically at first I was going think about going into law and stuff and now I'm thinking about doing renewable energy and stuff like that in college you can make a real difference like our professor for example he goes to Guatemala and like builds these systems so it really it just makes you think you like actually change the world [Music] what I want more than anything else is that they take what they've learned with them if they don't have the ability to do something with it now to go and spread the word and tell others about it and then when they have the ability to do something for themselves in their own lives and in their own homes to implement these things in their lives what that's really what it's all about and I and that's what I'm hoping for -it's a great teacher a great class and you're really gonna learn a lot from it [Music]

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