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Solar-powered rooftop gardens helps NY school kids learn science

Solar-powered rooftop gardens helps NY school kids learn science

Solar-panels on New York City public school roofs are giving students the opportunity to get hands on with science.

PS 41’s teacher Vicki Sando founded the school’s roof garden in 2003. Two million dollars and 10 years later, they had a solar array installed.

“We made connections between plant study,” Sando told Capital New York.

“Plants are little solar cells. I had my fifth graders take apart a solar calculator and show them how it worked.”

“We don’t have a stand-alone curriculum on solar, but we’ll do projects where we’ll fold it into it.”

According to New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, 23 million dollars will bring solar panels to 24 public schools by the summer of 2016.

In the meantime, Sando’s students will continue gardening and learning about the world through their roof-top green-space.

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