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Students to present solar classroom concepts for Brooks Campus

EBSCO Open House
November 22, 2019

Student creativity will be showcased at an open house at Medicine Hat College’s (MHC) Brooks Campus on Friday, Nov. 29 where they will present their concepts for a solar classroom.

This outdoor space will integrate solar power into the natural landscape with help from students in the built environment engineering technology (BEET) and trades programs. Their task this fall was to develop designs for the solar classroom and prepare presentation boards to share project process and concepts. Results of their efforts will be on display at Friday’s event where guests will have an opportunity to see and comment on the designs in order to provide important feedback for planning activities to occur in the Winter 2020 semester.

For second year BEET student Blair Gordon, the project has been challenging but he believes the deadlines and expectations have helped him and his classmates prepare for the real world.

“This project has really taught us how important it is to get everyone on the same page and find that focus. We need to design well to tell our story,” he explains. “We want to do a good job and present well at the open house.”

Funding for this project was made possible by EBSCO Solar, a grant program that funds solar installations at libraries across North America. MHC was the first Canadian institution to win the $100,000 grant in June 2019, which will help reduce its environmental footprint while providing valuable learning opportunities for students.

Jason Openo, director of teaching and learning at MHC, is excited for the opportunity this grant provides in terms of research and as a model of how to effectively implement the use of alternative resources.

“This project provides us an opportunity to showcase a creative and functional way to install solar panels. To have students from our BEET and trades programs be part of designing and constructing the panels is a great way to provide our learners a chance to broaden their skills and showcase what they are learning in the classroom.”

The open house will run from 1 – 3 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 29 at MHC’s Brooks Campus. Everyone is welcome to attend.