First Solar 2013

28537496_MKmwFr-4Today AVSR1 hosted 70 5th grade students from the Del Sur School in Antelope Acres. The visit is part of our partnership with the National Park Trust. The students crammed into the conference room and we presented the construction video and the fantastic PowerPoint that Matt Law put together. We covered safety, what the panels were, how they were made, sources of energy and their advantages and disadvantages, greenhouse gases, conservation of energy and energy uses. They were given a variety of handouts, including a worksheet  they filled out during the PowerPoint presentation and a coloring page/word search.--thank you Ashley at CV for providing those! We also took solar powered robot animals (ya have to see them) and let them creep and crawl outside in the sun.

Thank you for Jordon and the EPC team for guiding the tour and Michelle Soley for arranging the site and security and thank you Eunice for being our photographer.

 What’s in that Scat?

Last week I roamed all the way to California, the Golden State to visit my 70 fifth-grade friends at Del Sur Elementary School. Together we traveled to the Antelope Valley California Poppy Reserve where we explored this cool state park. Even though there weren’t a lot of poppies out due to the lack of rain this past winter, we still had a fabulous day learning in the Visitors Center and hiking with Ranger Jean where we learned about the native plants, the food chain and the unique Native American history of the park. We even played Project Wild games outside!

Here is what Jacob said when he discovered scat during the hike: 


“I found a hollow bird bone, but I think it’s a feather. I found it inside dried up coyote poop!”

WOW, that’s AWESOME! I am glad that he washed his hands before eating lunch!

All the Del Sur students ended the day by receiving their own Buddy Bison to take on future park trips AND by being sworn in as Junior Rangers. Thank you to Ranger Jean and the wonderful park volunteers!

And a huge Buddy Bison THANK YOU to First Solar for sponsoring such a memorable experience!