GREEN ENERGY TECHNOLOGY ACADEMY (GETA) AT LAGUNA CREEK HIGH SCHOOL

LOCAL AND INTERNATIONAL ENGAGEMENT

Submitted by Dante Rodriguez

Laguna Creek High School in Elk Grove, California (suburban Sacramento) has created a Green Energy Technology Academy (GETA) that allows students in all years to participate in a variety of special Solar projects.  These range from projects that benefit the school to solar projects that have provided benefits in 23 foreign countries to projects that have won the team international recognition.

GETA students, alongside professionals, have helped their academy convert to solar by mounting solar panels to the roof of the GETA classroom. The smart choice of using green energy will not only save the school money but also help reduce its carbon footprint. This GETA project will be able to produce clean energy for years to come while at the same time promote its green energy concepts.

With support from the Sacramento Kings, a group of GETA seniors were able to reconstruct a golf cart and transform it into a more environment friendly vehicle. Using the solar panel mounted on top to collect sunlight and convert it to electrical energy that can later be used to charge the batteries stored in the vehicle, the GETA Seniors did a great job of implementing the concept of reuse-able energy. This clean energy cart has been a great tool in many jobs around the Laguna Creek High school campus.

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With support from the Sacramento Kings, a group of GETA seniors were able to reconstruct a golf cart and transform it into a more environment friendly vehicle.

A team from the junior GETA class was able to construct a solar motorized bike. By using solar panels to charge the batteries kept in a compartment right under them, the system is able to power the bikes motor making it able to travel freely for miles of clean, reusable energy.

GETA students have also been able to contribute to people in other parts of the world with their Solar skills.  The 12 black boxes in the picture below are solar suitcases constructed by the students to help those around the world who don’t have the ease of access of electricity that we do. As of today GETA has shipped at total of 97 suitcases to 23 countries, including Mexico, Africa, Asia, Indonesia, and even places here in the United States.

The solar suitcases can be useful in a variety of ways. In Liberia they are used to power a colloidal silver probe as a treatment for medical clinic patients.

One of GETA’s most triumphant moments was their entry in the Solar 1 boat race in the City of Monte Carlo in the Principality of Monaco. With hard work and dedication GETA’s boat team over the years has obtained many trophies by using their engineering skills to develop and produce an ingenious design of a boat propelled by solar energy. Even with our past successes, the team today is still researching ways to make their model more efficient and ultimately faster to continue to claim accolades for their academy.

 

 

 

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