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Kids Facts About Solar Energy

Updated on April 18, 2019
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Kenna spent some time working for a solar company, helping them promote the alternative energy of going solar.

I thought to myself, "How can I talk to my kids about solar energy? How can I make the subject Solar Energy fun for them to know and understand?"

Benefits of Solar Energy

Green Fuel Solar
Green Fuel Solar

Atheism is so senseless. When I look at the solar system, I see the earth at the right distance from the sun to receive the proper amounts of heat and light. This did not happen by chance.

— Isaac Newton

Solar Energy Definition

I sat down with my kids and talked to them about solar energy being inexpensive, friendly to the environment, and lasts for a very long time. Solar energy is crucial to our planet, and the technology needs to become widespread. I explained to my kids that they need to know about solar energy because it plays a huge part in the future.

At first, I wasn't sure my kids understood what I was saying about solar energy. I thought to myself, "How can I talk to my kids about solar energy? How can I make the subject Solar Energy fun for them to know and understand?" Perhaps, some classrooms bring the subject up for discussion or as a science project. But, I felt it was important to talk to my kids about solar energy.

I decided to bring it up as simple as I could without being too complicated. I just needed to know where to look for more information, and figure out how to explain what solar power at a kid’s level of understanding.

How Does Solar Energy Work?

I bought a book to read to my son about solar energy called Running on Sunshine: How Does Solar Energy Work?

As I read it to him, I learned about solar energy as well. There are solar roads where they light up when danger is ahead - like an animal on the road. Tiny solar chips carefully placed in a person's eyes help an otherwise blind person see.

I recommend this book for anyone who wants to teach their children about solar energy.

I explained gasoline or oil is dirty energy. It comes from the ground and burns chemicals into the air whereas the sun is not dirty and leaves the air clean.

Solar Company
Solar Company

Solar Energy Advantages and Disadvantages

I have brought up solar energy while driving in the car with my kids and at family meals. We talk about the environment and how solar energy plays a critical part in keeping the planet clean and free from environmental impurities. I explain environmental impurities. We talk about the sun as a clean source of energy compared to biofuels. I didn't say "biofuels" and kept it simple and explain how bad it is to use biofuels.

I explained gasoline or oil is energy that is not clean. It comes from the ground and burns chemicals into the air whereas the sun is not dirty and leaves the air clean.

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Alternative Energy Resources

The Internet is full of information about solar energy for kids. I highly recommend surfing the Internet and discovering some awesome facts about solar energy that can be very light, fun, and almost not educational.

Magazines, Newspapers, and Journals contain current information about alternative energy. Scan the publications and look for information about solar energy. When you find an article or anything that relates to solar energy, cut the clipping out and pin it to the refrigerator for everyone in the family to read.

Articles of Science

I discovered that bringing up solar energy with my kids draws their attention to the fact that it does exist. The more I talk about it, the more they understand the value of solar energy. Pretty soon, they were bringing me articles of science on the subject - especially my oldest daughter.

Solar Energy Companies

Bill Hurd is a college professor in Southern California. He established a class on installing PVs because Hurd recognized that the solar power industry is a growing field, and more jobs are available in the future. More jobs is an indication of alternative-energy growth. Your kids might consider a career in the field of alternative energy.

It’s not too hard to see the handwriting on the wall when former President Obama subsidize alternative-energy in government buildings. You and your kids can peruse career sites of alternative-energy companies like BP Alternative Energy and Alliant Energy.

They are promoting people to help shape the evolution of the energy industry on this planet. Some job listings I found are a geologist, conversation program engineer, and hydrologist.

So it appears that Bill Hurd is a smart, calculating professor and knows that solar power is here to stay and our future.

Johnny Depp Solar Energy Plans

Another way to get your kids interested in solar energy is to mention a celebrity doing his or her part in solar energy. Johnny Depp, who started in the Alice and Wonderland movies and Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald, purchased an island for $3,000,000 with no power lines available to stretch that far to the remote island in the Bahamas. So, being green-minded, he plans to use solar and hydrogen to power his home on the island. Depp's is a better way than using a diesel generator.

Diesel exhaust is a dangerous pollutant of fine particulate matter. The matter not only wears down the body’s defense system and embeds in the deepest recesses of the lungs, but also disrupts cellular growth. Diesel causes premature deaths, emergency room visits, hospital admissions, and asthma attacks.

Depp consulted with Mike Strizki to help him build a system that produces an amount of power to satisfy his exuberant lifestyle. Strizki is very familiar with such a system because he built one for his home in New Jersey. You can view a video of Strizki’s system by clicking here: [http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xEdQRVQtffw here].

Like Strizki’s the system on Depp’s island stores excess energy as hydrogen for days and nights without any sun. Storing hydrogen is a tricky matter because it is a terrible gas to store in a small space unless it’s compressed. The problem lies in the fact that little energy comes from large amounts of hydrogen. The solution is to get large quantities of hydrogen into a small space. Strizki uses propane tanks to store the hydrogen at his home, which is not a bad idea.

I am sure Depp and Strizki will sort the potential problems that can arise with a venture in solar and hydrogen power system. The fact that it’s green is impressive and sets a good example for the rest of us.

I hope climate science becomes the big thing. And then what I want is electrical engineers to solve the world's energy problems, energy distribution problems. I want mechanical engineers to make better transportation systems. I want chemical engineers to develop better solar panels, and so on. Bill Nye

— Bill Nye, American Educator

Kids Facts About the Sun

Every day the sun comes up and goes down. It’s clean, simple, and free. I had a real easy time explaining this to my kids, and so can you.

© 2016 Kenna McHugh

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    • Kenna McHugh profile imageAUTHOR

      Kenna McHugh 

      8 months ago from Northern California

      Zia, Using the correct information and educating the public at large will slowly turn the point of views in the right direction. There are tax incentives for Americans who choose to drive an electric car and add solar to their home.

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      Zia Uddin 

      8 months ago from UK

      I think it's time to go green for everybody around the world. Kids should learn a lot more about green energy and focus on renewable energy so they can make the earth pollution free when they grow up to become experts in this field.

      Solar energy is a great achievement so far. Unfortunately, grown ups don't listen, especially people in power who think about nothing but themselves.

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