Navy Energy Team teaches solar arrays to Sullivan students

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Photo by Steve Parker/Sullivans Elementary School
Photo by Steve Parker/Sullivans Elementary School

Navy Energy Team teaches solar arrays to Sullivan students

by: Steve Parker | .
Sullivans Elementary School | .
published: November 13, 2014

Yokosuka Navy Base, Japan  Members of Commander Fleet Activities, Yokosuka (CFAY) Base Energy Team visited the Sullivans School recently and shared their knowledge of Yokosuka Naval Base’s solar arrays.

Lieutenant Commander Arce Doble, Public Works Production Officer and Lieutenant Ji Frederiksen, Assistant Public Works Officer taught students from 3rd, 4th and 5th grade classes at the school about a solar array that has been installed at the school. The 30 minute science technology engineering and mathematics (STEM) instructional classes took place in a unique location; on the roof of the school where the arrays were installed. The location was both scenic and exciting and provided the students with additional motivation to learn about the STEM discipline.

Doble commented, “We were really surprised by the smart, intuitive questions asked by the kids. They were prepared by their teachers and were very knowledgeable about energy in general and solar power in particular.”

Fredriksen stated, “The children were very engaged and interactive in their learning.

The solar arrays installed on the roof of The Sullivans School can provide 1.5 % of the base’s energy needs when operating at capacity.

DoDEA Pacific provides a comprehensive preK-12 education to the children of military and eligible civilian personnel families serving throughout Asia. The 50 schools in DoDEA Pacific are composed of more than 23,500 students and 3,400 professional educators and support staff. The schools are geographically organized into four districts: Guam, Japan, Okinawa and South Korea. The Sullivans School is the largest school in DoDEA with a student body of approximately 1200 in grades K-5.

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