Monday, June 4, 2012

Team Solar Panel goes off the grid

McKenzie Lake School’s Team Solar Panel have become experts in growing plants and are proud supporters of the Slow Food Movement (communities who practice small-scale and sustainable production of quality foods).

For their 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo Showcase School Project, these students investigated solar energy as an alternative way to provide energy for plant growth. Each class was responsible for two earth boxes, donated to the school by Alberta Agriculture. One box was lit using solar panels and the other used natural light.

While the Team found there wasn’t much difference between using solar panels and natural light, they learned a lot about conserving energy and growing vegetables. From pea shoots to basil, they had oodles of fun watching their crops grow. And like a good farm to fork operation, they took a lot of pride in cooking – and eating! – the food they grew.

“The grade ones are eating much healthier,” says teacher Kathleen Brennan. “They’ve started ‘Fun Food Fridays’ where they cook from real ingredients. We found when kids make the meal, they’ll eat it all themselves.”

Read about what other showcase schools are doing to protect land, air and water.

Join us at the 2012 Mayor’s Environment Expo, June 5-7 at the Municipal Building and be inspired by today’s youth leaders.

The Mayor’s Environment Expo thanks Encana and Calgary Transit for their partnership in the Showcase School program. Encana is sponsoring a $250 grant exclusive to the Showcase Schools. Calgary Transit is providing Showcase Schools with free transportation to and from the Expo.

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