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Solar One offers classroom residencies for NYC Schools! There are three options: onsite classroom delivery at your school (afterschool programming also available), estuary field trips to Solar One, and green industry certification training for high school students.

To schedule a program please call 646-576-5667 or email us at education[at]solar1[dot]org.

Bring a Solar One educator to your school

Solar One Educators will visit up to 4 classes per day for 1-6 sessions delivering hands on activities such as designing wind turbines, building batteries, testing water quality, and more! You can mix and match lessons from the Energy, Water, Materials, Air, or Food curriculum to meet the needs of your classes. All workshops include materials for hands-on projects; printed readers for the students, and planning and preparation with participating teachers. Afterschool programming is also available.

Take a field trip to Solar One

Solar One maintains Stuyvesant Cove Park, a sustainably-managed, 2-acre park along the East River at 22nd Street in Manhattan. The park and adjacent East River are home to hundreds of species and an ideal site to lead estuary and plant ecology education field trips for students. Students will collect plankton, conduct water tests, learn about native plant parks, and more. Field trip is can accommodate up to 35 students.

Green Industry Certification for Students and Teachers

Solar One offers training and testing in green industry certifications for High School students. Training is held at the school or at Solar One’s state of the art training lab in Long Island City, Queens. Three course options are offered:

  • GPRO Fundamentals (7 hours plus exam): This certificate course covers the basics of sustainability and provides an overview of the essential strategies and work practices that make buildings more efficient. Covers: economic and health benefits of green building, causes and impacts of a changing climate, transitioning to sustainable construction practices, complying with green codes and standards, understanding LEED, overview of green building strategies, and the importance of building commissioning (systems quality assurance).
  • GPRO Fundamentals plus Electrical (20 hours plus exam) – 12th grade only: This certificate course covers: important sustainability economic opportunities for the electrical industry, the role of electrical systems within the “whole-building” approach, the key differences between green and conventional electrical products and work practices, improving efficiencies in lighting and HVAC, new technologies for distributed generation, using benchmarking and other tools to maintain building performance, the electrician’s role in the building commissioning process, and retrofitting existing buildings with energy-efficient technologies.
  • Building Performance Institute Building Science Principles (20 hours plus exam): This certificate course trains students on the relationship between the building envelope, heating, A/C, insulation, mechanical ventilation, lighting, appliances and other systems of the home. All with a focus on energy efficiency, how to mitigate home performance issues, and getting familiarized with diagnostic equipment.


“The electricity project making light was the most exciting. This made me consider studying engineering.”

–Juan, 11th Grade

“I would like to continue learning about these topics after high school, maybe take an environmental science class or join a club. I had a great time learning (wow, I think that’s the first time I ever said that =)”

–Nicole, 12th Grade