Spruce Street School
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Spruce Street School was founded in 1982, and is located in downtown Seattle, Washington. The school offers highly personalized instruction, focused on students' social-emotional development and academic excellence.
In May 2006 Seattle City Light supported the installation of eight solar panels on a part of the rooftop of Spruce Street School, near the school's rooftop playground. In addition to building a dedicated community of renewable energy educators, the Renewable Classroom PLUS project from Solar 4R Schools has transformed the school's existing PV system into a hands-on classroom tool.
In 2008, educators within the school received a customized renewable energy teacher training, hands-on science kit materials to augment the school's existing curricula, and complete access to the resources available on the Solar4RSchools.org website. To optimize integration of renewable energy science and technology content, every aspect of the support provided by Solar 4R Schools was customized to fit the unique focus of the school community, including topics covered in the teacher training as well as our recommendations for activities and science kit materials to make integration of this new content as efficient as possible. Energy monitoring awarded to the school connected the live performance data from their existing 1-kilowatt PV system to the Energy Exploration Center at Solar4RSchools.org. Students and educators nationwide can chart, graph and analyze the system's performance data for educational purposes.