Your Green Life: "Solar Cars"

By KBJR News 1

August 8, 2013 Updated Aug 8, 2013 at 9:18 AM CDT

Duluth, MN
Young minds gathered at Hartley Nature Center last week to learn about alternative energies.

Jenni Stafford, an AmeriCorps Member and counselor for the camp told me, "This week we were able to offer a great camp about different alternative energies for kids. So we just wanted to educate them about wind energy, solar energy, hydro energy."

In a growing age of alternative energy usages, teaching kids at a young age the science behind sustainable solutions will benefit them for the rest of their lives.

Anders Boe, a camper at Hartley told me, "I used a motor and had two wires connected to a battery, power circuit, and I drew in it."

The kids also got to try making hydro power at the stream, and cooking brownies using the sun.

"What did you learn?" I ask Karl Thorson, another Camper.

"How solar power and power a car." Karl said.

"You think that a solar panel could power a big car maybe someday?" I ask him.

"Possibly, if there are a lot of them, all over the car." he promptly sates.

Who knows, maybe someday when he is older that could be a reality. But for now they will stick to cleverly named cars. Karl had a suitable name for his.

"The slow but steady." Karl says with a grin.

These types of camps teach kids the importance of sustainability with the practical approach of hands on learning.

"The kids had a great time, they really enjoyed all the hands on activity and just getting to learn new and exciting things here at Hartley." says Stafford.

Previously the course was taught in schools, but with so many kids interested in the project, it became a week long summer camp at Hartley Nature Center.

Meteorologist Adam Lorch