C4EE Launches Introduces Mobile Classroom for STEM Education and Workforce Training

Christina T. Hill

Communications and Marketing Manager

The Center for Energy Education

August 21, 2020

Roanoke Rapids, NC – The Center for Energy Education (C4EE), thanks to the generous donation from Geenex Solar, introduces its C4EE Mobile Classroom designed to provide hands-on workforce development and STEM learning opportunities for schools, community organizations, and the general public.

The C4EE Education and Training Manager will drive the vehicle which comes equipped with micro-grid displays, classroom lab aid kits, and all the necessities for an educational experience about solar energy.

The C4EE is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization and a center for renewable energy research, education, and workforce development for the eastern United States. The Center provides a place to raise awareness of renewable energy and its importance locally, regionally, and globally.

In response to the suspension of in-person programs due to COVID-19, the C4EE remains committed to offering its educational programs.

Serving communities in North Carolina, Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, and Indiana, the vehicle will be used to teach remote solar construction workshops for residents in communities where solar projects are developing.

The C4EE Mobile Classroom will also be used in partnership with schools to teach renewable energy and STEM-focused programs while following social distancing guidelines in place by the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

“Our long-standing partnership with Geenex Solar is important to the work we do at the Center, and we are excited about the educational opportunities the C4EE Mobile Classroom brings to the community,” said Mozine Lowe, Executive Director for C4EE.

“Our entire team is very excited to be a part of this program,” said Juergen Fehr, Managing Director at Geenex Solar. “Education and community engagement are very important and deserving of our full support,” said Fehr.

“Geenex Solar plays a vital role in the offering of our Online Learning programs, the C4EE Virtual STEM Summer Camps, and the new STEM in the Park program that is coming this fall,” said Lowe.

The mission of the C4EE STEM in the Park program is to expand the accessibility of STEM learning opportunities to K-12 students with limited internet access.  Activities will be led by school teachers in an outdoor environment while maintaining social distancing in compliance with suggestions from the CDC using the C4EE Mobile Classroom.

The C4EE launched its Online Learning program on its website (center4ee.org) in the spring of 2020. To date, virtual classroom and video topics have included STEM and Renewable Energy, Home Energy Efficiency, Climate Change, and Energy Storage.

The 2020 C4EE Virtual STEM Summer Camp was offered by schoolteachers to supplement learning and instruction missed by students during this academic school year due to COVID-19. Students built hands-on STEM-based projects that focus on enhancing reading, math, and science skills.

Geenex Solar served as the primary sponsor for the C4EE Virtual STEM Summer Camp that resulted in 443 K-12 students in North Carolina, Virginia, Indiana, Kentucky, and Ohio attending camp for free this summer.

“We hope to see many more programs,” said Fehr.

“We encourage the community to use the educational vehicle as a resource,” said Lowe.

Organizations interested in having the C4EE Mobile Classroom at school or community events must contact the C4EE office via email at contact@center4ee.org, or by calling 252-541-3004.

For more information about the C4EE, visit https://center4ee.org.