CORE4 STEM Expo: Middle schoolers learn about solar power

By on November 15, 2013

More than 3,000 middle school students and teachers from various schools in San Antonio participated in the 4th Annual CORE4 STEM Expo, presented by the San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce. The conference featured professionals from the energy, science, automotive, computers, and aerospace industries.

As an event sponsor, CPS Energy set up a classroom that focused on how energy is produced, specifically solar power.  Students had five different breakout areas where they could get hands-on information about power generation.

The first station introduced students to solar powered batteries; they charged a small battery and then proceeded to race cars against each other.

At another station, students connected small “power lines” to distribution poles and then to a home.  CPS Energy volunteers were available to explain the process of getting solar power from the farm to the home.

CPS Energy linemen also participated with a bucket truck on site.  Students got a lesson in gear and equipment used for working on power lines.The EXPO will have family day on Saturday, November 16 at UTSA (Main Campus at 1604) and at St. Philip’s College (MLK Campus).  You may register here to attend the free event.

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