“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember.
Let me do it, I’ll understand.”

“Dígame, yo lo olvidaré. Muéstremelo, lo recordaré.
Déjeme hacerlo, yo lo comprenderé.”

Plugging into the Sun logo

Solar-Active is the new brand name for the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project, an independent not-for-profit company (No. 03273416) and registered charity (No. 1073347).

We offer unique educational resources and workshops in sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, as well as a range of kits and components to help you learn about solar energy.

Let there be darkness

LED security lights effects on trees and green city landscape:
Human and wildlife circadian rhythms, mental well-being, road safety and the view of our night sky

A paper written by David Garlovsky (BSc, MSc, Certificate in Social Phenomenology)
was presented at the International SEEDS Conference 2017: Sustainable Ecological Engineering Design for Society Healthy Environments, Buildings and Spaces, Leeds Beckett University, UK

The purpose of this paper is to raise awareness of the potential impact on urban and rural areas of blue-rich LEDs to ensure that city designers and arborists make informed decisions about the choice of street and road lighting. There is a growing trend for urban areas in the UK, USA and elsewhere to change over-roadway and residential lighting from high-pressure sodium [HPS] to blue-rich LEDs, often simply on the basis of saving energy, yet without health- or environmental-impact assessments. Energy-saving measures need to be linked to health and ecology considerations.

The views presented in this paper are from a historical perspective based on research conducted in 1974 by the author and the Chicago Audubon Society in the City of Chicago and from a recent literature review of research. The research showed that blue-rich LEDs’ effect human health and well-being, wildlife circadian rhythms, road safety and the view of our night sky. It is crucial for local communities be involved in deciding how streetscapes, including trees and lighting, are planned, managed and maintained.

Let There Be Darkness 2017

How street lighting has an impact on building landscape design and how and where gardeners and farmers can plant.

ASE National Conference Birmingham 2019

SESSION 1: Sustainability & skills in science

Hot House – NEW Resource rich in a context based approach around physics, energy and thermal transfers. Develop practical skills and test content knowledge at KS3 to better prepare students for KS4.

SESSION 2: SOLAR-ACTIVE STEM SESSION – PLUGGING INTO THE SUN

Gain knowledge and skills in renewable energy technologies. Build solar car, boat, and mini-water pump. Investigative and problem solving approach to achieve outcomes in Science, ICT, Sustainable Development and D&T

ASE Programme Preview 2019 Conference that will be sent out to all UK secondary schools and Midlands primary schools at the start of term.

Report of sessions in 2018 where 15 people attended from: Malta, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Norway, China and Hong Kong.

Sheffield/South Yorkshire Focusing Group

We currently meet at the Sheffield Central Library. The date and time is decided through a Doodle survey. The group is open to anyone interested in Focusing and it is not necessary to attend each session. There is no fee when meeting is held at the Library.

Listening and Focusing skills can give people the means to delve in and discover for themselves what action they could take to access work-life balance, decision making, problem solving, creativity, self-assessment, teacher support, assessment of students, parent meetings, inspections and conflict resolution.

Contact for further information and to join the Doddle group. View this link for additional details.

Engage Science Done Right Conference

Mastery assessment or looking to make your schemes more engaging. David Garlovsky provided a session at the Science Done Right conference, from ENGAGE and science upd8, to help teachers upgrade their practice, implement a 5-year big ideas curriculum, mastery assessment or looking to make schemes more engaging. Saturday 11 March 2017, Open University, Milton Keynes. Presentation
Virtual Car Assembly

Solar Cells

Flexible triple junction high performance cells. Solar cells

How Solar Roofs Work – An educational animated blog post detailing how solar roofs transfer energy from the sun and provide power to a house.

Solar car/boat design challenge

Take the design challenge! Our range of solar powered kits help teach design, maths, physics and practical skills in a fun way which will motivate and engage students.
Stenden University solar car case study

Solar STEM curriculum resources

We offer a range of educational resources, such as kits, components and teaching aids to contribute to the latest curriculum demands.

Virtual Car

Try your hand at building and racing our virtual car – it works in the dark!

Sales & Components

See our Shop to see our range of kits and components that can be used as part of practical sessions led by a teacher or our trainer to allow students to practice construction for themselves and learn engineering and scientific principal first-hand. Take the design challenge and work out how you’re going to build yours!

Workshops / CPD

We can put together workshops tailored to your needs to demonstrate the applicability of renewable energy and sustainability topics in achieving National Curriculum Science and Design & Technology outcomes at primary and secondary levels. Our senior trainer has had many years’ experience in this field and is appropriately qualified and SRB registered.

School/Home Energy Cost and Saving

No one like paying utility bills. Our website has information and advice to help you control your energy costs by limiting mains energy usage and tapping into the free energy sources provided by nature.

Sustainability & Climate Change

Reducing your energy requirement not only saves you money, it reduces your carbon footprint to limit climate change and conserve resources for future generations.

Inland Revenue Tax Benefits

The Inland Revenue allows a charity to receive tax repayments giving through the Self Assessment Return.

A scheme introduced by the Inland Revenue allows any individual to nominate a charity to receive their tax repayments as a donation. For the purposes of the scheme the Schools and Homes Energy Education Projects unique code is AAP70PG and will be listed on the Inland Revenue’s website. For more information on how to nominate The Schools and Homes Energy Education Project, please contact the Inland Revenue for an application form.