On the most recent Program for International Student Assessment (PACE) test, the United States ranked 25th out of 34 countries in math and science. In an effort to help remedy the nation’s performance, The Solar Foundation developed the SolarSmart Challenge, an innovative, high-tech educational program to get students excited about solar energy and support new forms of learning for science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) subjects. In addition, this program will expose students to real life applications of STEM lessons by taking on a variety of professions in the solar industry. In this way, we hope to inspire students to pursue STEM-based careers, particularly those in the ever-growing solar industry.
When implemented, the Challenge program will be free and available to all schools nationwide. Through our program partners, we expect to reach nearly two million students. While we believe that all communities will be able to benefit from having students excited about energy and STEM subjects, we are particularly interested in boosting achievement for students from economically disadvantaged schools.
Look for updates in the spring of 2013.