Students Build Solar Suitcase
Tuesday, March 22, 2016
Posted by: Megan Jamen
Four students from St. Francis High School’s Advanced Placement Environmental Science class, Elizabeth Allgaier ’17, Michael Dahle ’17, Katie Kubik ’17 and Kelly Joniak ’16, recently built a Solar Suitcase with Solar Ambassador for the Illinois Solar Energy Association (ISEA), Mike Bullock, father of Jessica ’15 and Daniel ’18.
In 2008, We Care Solar was founded in order to provide enhanced medical opportunities for midwives in Northern Nigeria. The company has grown and as of November, has equipped 27 countries with approximately 1300 Solar Suitcases. According to their website (wecaresolar.com), they “design portable, cost-effective Solar Suitcases that power critical lighting, mobile communications devices and medical devices in low resource areas without reliable electricity. By equipping off-grid medical clinics with solar power for medical and surgical lighting, cell phones and essential medical devices, We Care Solar facilitates timely and appropriate emergency care, reducing maternal and infant morbidity and mortality, and improving the quality of care in Africa, Haiti and other regions.”
Bullock, current member of the Board of Directors and leader for the Solar Ambassador committee, taught the St. Francis High School students about the importance of solar energy for our planet. He also provided a hands-on experience for the students to see how solar energy can make a difference in saving lives. The Solar Suitcase they built will travel throughout the state as part of the ISEA’s efforts to educate and advocate for solar energy in Illinois.