July 30, 2015 – SunLight’s Stephen Schneider Teaches Kids about Solar at Science Summer Camp
Stephen Schneider, Director of Operations at SunLight General Capital, a New York City-based solar finance and development company, spoke at the Randolph Education Foundation’s Summer S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology engineering, arts, and mathematics) program last week.
The two-week long summer camp held at Fernbrook Elementary School in Randolph, NJ, gave third through fifth graders from the area an opportunity for hands-on, creative learning about environmental science, math, and technology.
Schneider, who works as a solar engineer, explained to the students how solar systems work, as well as what it’s like to work as an engineer in the field. Keeping in the hands-on spirit of the S.T.E.A.M. program, the students were also able to experience what a solar engineer does by designing their own rooftop solar panels on building models.
“It’s always exciting to see students engaged and ready to learn about solar power,” said Schneider. “It’s a growing industry and it’s important to show the younger generation how the science and engineering behind solar works, especially when they see panels being built around them.”
Two miles away from Fernbrook Elementary, SunLight General owns and operates a 583kW system on the roof of Randolph High School, as well as a 211kW system at Randolph Middle School.
The systems at the Randolph schools, which make up just a few of SunLight’s many sites in New Jersey, provide cheap, clean energy to the schools, lowering their electricity bills, as well as their carbon footprint, dramatically.