2009 Educational Outreach
November 14-15: How To Make Your Own Photovoltaic Panel Workshop
A second PV panel making workshop at the Peter Kiewit Institute, with approximately 20 in attendance, taught by local NSES members Tony Parker and James Devaney.
October 3: Nebraska Solar Tour
Coordinating with the National Solar Tour, sponsored and supported by the American Solar Energy Society, the NSES organized 19 sites in 6 cities across the state in the first statewide solar tour. Getting Started Solar Guides were sent to the tour sites, with many extras ordered from the National Office for distribution at later educational events.
September 19: Booth At The Green Home Tour
A booth with educational solar materials, Tony Parkerís electric motorcycle and how solar works display, and a stand promoting the Nebraska Solar Tour, with photos of sites for the Omaha part of the tour were on display at the Green Energy Faire, at Village Pointe, Omaha.
Hosted and co-sponsored by the Peter Keiwit Institute, on UNOís South Campus, approximately thirty members of the public, UNO students, and teachers attended a workshop taught by Dr. Richard Komp, covering all steps and materials necessary to make your own solar panels, with hands on practice with all parts of the process.
August 7: Public presentation by Dr. Komp at City Sprouts
Approximately 30 adults and children attended a talk and demonstration by Dr. Richard Komp at the City Sprouts Garden House, 4002 Seward, with a demonstration of how to make a solar cell using blackberry juice and titanium dioxide coated low EV glass pieces.
The NSES wrote grants and raised matching funds to sponsor a two week educational outreach with international solar energy expoert Dr. Richard Komp. There were 6 Grade School and Middle School programs presented at Lothrop, King Science, Marrs Magnet Center, and Lewis and Clark, with an all school presentation at Lewis and Clark. Presentations at UNO, UNL El. Eng and Architecture (UNL), Midlands College, Fremont, and Dana College, Blair. Six public education events throughout the Omaha area, meetings with the Nebraska Economic Development Corporation, Cornhusker State Industries, and Nebraska Energy Office, all in Lincoln. Both Omaha and Lincoln Earth Days, with a home tour after the Earth Day at a passive solar home in Lincoln.