The future of the solar movement starts today. That’s why we’re working to provide engaging programming for young people around the country. On this page, you can find our growing list of program offerings mean to empower the next generation of solar supporters!
We are always looking for new ideas and opportunities to increase youth engagement with solar, so if you have any ideas please contact us at [email protected].
Solar United Neighbors has developed the SUN Patch Program that can be implemented by any girl scout troop across the United States! While earning the SUN patch, Girl Scouts of all ages can learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities. We are currently working with troops around the country to implement the program. Visit the program page for more information.
Solar United Neighbors has developed the SUN Patch Program that can be implemented by any Boy Scout troop across the United States! While earning the SUN patch, scouts will learn about how solar works, discover solar energy at work around them, and become solar ambassadors to help grow solar in their communities. Visit the program page for more information.
Teacher Lesson Plans
Teach the students in your life about the power of solar through these lesson plans. By the end of the lesson, students will be able to identify the benefits of solar energy and how solar panels harness the power of the sun. We are excited to have lesson plans for all ages. Download these lesson plans to get started today! Our partners, Dream in Green, developed these lesson plans based on the SUN Patch program.
- Energy Scavenger Hunt | PreK – 1st Grade
- Solar Ovens | 4th – 5th Grade
- Net Zero Schools | 9th – 12th Grade
Energy efficiency and alternative energy sources are part of the main themes in this year’s Dream in Green, Green Schools Challenge thanks to a partnership between Dream in Green and Solar United Neighbors. Pre K level through 12th grade focus on educating students about our energy needs. This year, students are asked to conduct school energy audits, compare alternative energy sources, and even explore environmental justice issues such as how energy burdens affect the BIPOC community locally.
- Community Building (Pre-K through 1st grade) – Energy Use Collage
- Hands-On Learning (2nd through 3rd grade) – School Energy Audit
- Lab Activity (4th through 5th grade) – Alternative Energy Comparisons
- STE(A)M Activity (6th-8th grade) – Living in Heat Islands
- STE(A)M Activity (9th-12th grade) – Meeting Energy Needs For All
Every day we turn on the lights, but where does that electricity come from? Why should we learn about it? Find out in this free, on-demand webinar for elementary school-aged children! Kids of all ages are welcome but the solar hour is best for elementary-aged children, from 5 to 10 years old. Parents and guardians can also attend.
Play this fun game with your family or friends to test your knowledge about solar. Kids and adults of all ages are encouraged to participate!
Looking to share your passion for solar with the youth in your life? Download our activity workbook to share with them. The workbook includes a scavenger hunt, word search, coloring pages, crossword puzzle, and other fun activities to keep them entertained while learning about solar and energy.