Denver Academy

100+ Solar Model Cars Built,

1 kW Pilot Solar Array Installed


Adam Hall, Million Solar Stars

DA students are helping lead a Million Solar Stars (MSS) initiative to raise awareness for expanding solar power at schools in Denver, Dubai, and beyond. The MSS project is a platform for students to engage with hands-on solar power lessons inside classrooms and on campuses. Learners build solar light models, participate in solar challenges, and design, build and race solar model cars.

MSS students practice leadership skills through raising awareness and support for solar power and engage school administrators and community members with presentations and multi-media productions. Additionally, students help analyze potential rooftop and ground mounted sites for solar. MSS students have observed pilot solar array installations at schools in Denver, Colorado, Shanghai, China, and will soon observe a pilot solar array installation by CitySolar at Universal American School in Dubai.

Once the pilot system is up and running, learners study and analyze solar monitoring data with science, math, and business lessons. Students then work with school administers and community businesses to determine whether large scale solar arrays on their school make educational, environmental, and economic sense.

As a pilot project, Denver Academy MSS students are raising awareness and support to bring solar lights to a school in Bangkok during their summer experiential trip. The goal is to utilize solar lights for science and math lessons and enable kids to read and do homework at night.  Additionally, we’re working to install solar power at the Bangkok school we will be visiting. The solar array will provide clean energy for the school. Ultimately, MSS students are interested in helping facilitate additional schools in developed countries to partner with schools in developing countries to support and expand solar light learning.

MSS has had success expanding solar power to schools in Dubai, UAE, Shanghai, China, Denver, Colorado, USA, and hopefully soon, to schools in Kenya and other countries in Africa. Million Solar Stars has gained endorsement from Dr. Jane Goodall and Professional Racecar Driver, Stefan Wilson. We are raising awareness and support to expand solar power at additional schools in the United States, UAE, Africa, China, Central America, and beyond.

In December of 2016, DA students used Million Solar Stars Starter Kits to build solar cars and are learning about solar as part of their science and math curriculum.