Knowledge is Power!

RREAL's NEW Solar Curriculum Now Available

Developed to National New Generation Science Standards.

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These materials are free and 100% available for you to use.  Please note that the concepts and activities can be easily adapted for older students and for use outside the classroom.

So, find the resource that best suits your age group and download the ones you want. However, we do have two requests if you are using the lessons.

Suggested Terms of Use:

  1. That you give us any feedback you may have to help us improve it.    

  2. That you drop us a note letting us know where and with whom you are using it, so we can track its distribution

Please email Kyle Tschida at

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“Educating students about renewable energy is invaluable in creating a green energy future for Minnesota. It is powerful to know that there is a clean, renewable way forward in energy production and I think children today realize the strength in that message.” 

- Martha Risedorf, RREAL MN GreenCorps Intern

Martha Risedorf

Our lead curriculum developer on the project was Martha Risedorf. She was assisted by former RREAL staffers Erica Bjelland and Rachel Juritsch. The project was supported by Minnesota GreenCorps, the Minnesota Pollution Control Agency, the U of M’s Regional Sustainable Development Program, and the Minnesota Clean Energy Resource Teams (CERTS).


Through Solar for Schools, RREAL laid the foundation to expose thousands of Central Minnesota students each year to the power of solar energy with the arrays at Pine River-Backus and Pequot Lakes schools, as well as the Staples and Brainerd Campuses of Central Lakes College. We knew the next step was to build off that with a Solar Curriculum providing new learning opportunities with their STEM subjects and generating interest in careers in solar and other green energy fields.

We thank our lead curriculum developer Martha Risedorf, former RREAL Staffers, and all the organizations who have contributed toward making these renewable energy education materials free and available for use. Knowledge is POWER!