Even with the drought, this dry park is growing some green. “Green” energy solutions that is! And this little parcel of the high desert is stoked!
We are so excited to be working with the local community to develop our green and renewable energy solutions here in the park. Since our staff is lacking in the “enginerds” deptartment, we sought the help of the brightest individuals in the neighborhood: the sophomores, juniors, and seniors from Culver High School! These students are involved with the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathmatics) Program and have embarked on a journey to learn all they can about the subjects. The students have graciously volunteered their efforts to help us develop some innovative solutions for saving money, renewing energy, and limiting our carbon footprint.
So far, the multiple challenges we presented them with were everything from ways to utilize solar or hydroelectric power in our facilities to building a greenhouse and natural mechanisms to deal with shoreline erosion. We are excited to keep you up to date on the ideas that these students have come up with to improve the park and continue to follow their developments as the project(s) continue!
For more information on the STEM Program, visit the resource center webpage at http://www.pbs.org/teachers/stem/