Virginia Beach high school hosts ‘solarbration,’ unveils new solar panel

Posted at 7:06 AM, Feb 17, 2016
and last updated 2016-02-17 07:06:11-05

Virginia Beach, Va - The Governor's STEM and Technology Academy at Landstown High School is one of only four schools in Virginia that was given a solar panel from Dominion Power.

The new technology will give students a hands-on learning opportunity.

'Being able to go to a school where they see that school is important enough or beneficial enough to the students that they deserve this extra learning opportunity is really cool," says Taylor Smith, a senior engineering student.

The solar panel allows students to track how much energy is being generated and teaches them about one of the leading renewable resources we have.

"Definitely coming to an age now that were more dependent on solar energy and I think that’s a good way of going," says senior James Leonard.

The Academy is a segment of Landstown High School and has just over 400 students who are focused on engineering and technology, but they're not the only ones who will benefit from the new addition.

"I think eventually the whole school will find interest in it as well, once it gets integrated into our science classes," says Brielle Almonte, a junior in the Academy.

And that's the schools hope for the future, eventually having all science students learning the data and research from the solar panel.

"It teaches kids a lot about renewable resources and how to be more energy responsible and how not to waste and so kids get a really fantastic learning opportunity with this that we cant provide otherwise," says Smith.