Since its official launch in 2003, the project has roused interest in many schools and academic institutions that have adopted Solar Impulse as a subject of study. It has also stimulated educational programs in applied sciences at the prestigious Federal Polytechnic Institute in Lausanne (EPFL), at the University of Neuchatel’s Institute of Micro-Technology, and at the University of Delft. These higher education establishments are offering their students diploma options or term assignments centered on Solar Impulse.
In association with the Hirschmann Foundation, Bertrand Piccard and André Borschberg regularly conduct videoconferences, with schools all around the world, accessible through the internet.
You are between 10 and 18 years old, French, English or German speaking? You are interested in the project, in its technical aspects as in its energy and environmental issues?
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Wanted: Climate Pioneers!
“Climate Pioneers” is a project of Swisscom, Solar Impulse and myclimate. It offers students from kindergarten up to high-school level the opportunity to carry out their own projects in favor of climate protection. It also helps teachers to develop and execute their ideas.
When it comes to topics such as renewable energies, CO2 and climate, it’s especially important to go beyond mere debate, and put ideas into practice in everyday life. Climate Pioneers has two prominent supporters, the pilots of Solar Impulse, and they are offering all participating classes an exclusive insight into their work and its challenges.
On 8 November 2011 the first generation of Pioneers were given awards by Bertrand and André in Zürich. And this year, the schools in the French-speaking part of Switzerland will have the possibility to become “Climate Pioneers” as well.
For further information and impulse lessons: www.klimapioniere.ch
Get the Real Solar Impulse Experience
We’ve got some wonderful news in store for you! If you’re not living in California but want experience some of the first Across America events, a live streaming of an educational conference is going to take place next week open to all those that are interested, on Friday April 19th at ...
We’ve got some wonderful news in store for you! If you’re not living in California but want experience some of the first Across America events, a live streaming of an educational conference is going to take place next week open to all those that are interested, on Friday April 19th at 09:00am PDT (UTC-8), with the presence of Solar Impulse’s Co-Founders and Pilots.
And for those you that live in the Bay Area: we were able to organize the open house on April 20th of HB-SIA directly at the impressive Moffett Airfield hangar! Don’t miss this chance! Bring your friends and family to see this flying laboratory with their own eyes!
For these two abovementioned events you will find all the information you need here below:
Live streaming of Stanford University’s Panel Events & Discussions with Solar Impulse’s Founders and Pilots!
Save the date: Friday April 19th
Where: Directly from your personal computer!
What: Stanford University Panel Events & Discussions
How: Let's meet online on our website. You will find a direct link on our homepage at 09:00am PDT (UTC-8)
Save the date: Saturday April 20th
Where: Moffett Airfield at NASA’s Ames Research Center
What: Public visits of Solar Impulse’s HB-SIA solar airplane
How? Just click here and sign-in for a time slot – but beware, spaces are limited for security reasons and only registered people will be able to access the premises.
Bertrand’s message inspires 1600 young pioneers
During this year’s “Climate Pioneers” event, 1’600 presented the projects they’ve developed for a cleaner and more sustainable planet. The event took place in Zürich’s new Umwelt Arena (Environment Arena), an exhibition space dedicated to topics ...
During this year’s “Climate Pioneers” event, 1’600 presented the projects they’ve developed for a cleaner and more sustainable planet. The event took place in Zürich’s new Umwelt Arena (Environment Arena), an exhibition space dedicated to topics related to sustainability, renewable energy, mobility, nature and living. André and Bertrand are both patrons of the Climate Pioneers program, using Solar Impulse as an inspiration.
Launched in 2010 by Swisscom in partnership with Solar Impulse and myclimate, Climate Pioneers is an initiative designed to engage students from preschool to High School in today’s environmental issues while raising awareness about the potential risks of climate change. There are currently 6’330 young climate pioneers in Switzerland who have initiated 276 projects so far.
This year it was Bertrand that met with all the young pioneers between the ages of 7-16 encouraging them to strive to achieve the impossible – an objective he had set for himself at the tender age of 11. It was a moving and encouraging experience to see today’s youth concerned about our future. The excitement was high and, after an inspirational presentation, hundreds of little hands were raised eager to have their questions answered.
“I always asked myself what it felt like to be a rock star. Now I know! 1’600 students were gathered by Swisscom to hear discussions about the environment during the Climate Pioneers event. They absorbed Solar Impulse’s message with the same passion as if it were a rock concert! The way they welcomed me onstage could do nothing more than give me shivers of joy, but it especially offered me hope for the future…” Bertrand didn’t miss the chance to share his enthusiasm: when the first rhythmic beats resounded throughout the hall, Solar Impulse’s visionary and founder let loose into a few carefree dance moves surrounded by the swarm of little pioneers.
Contagiousness of a good idea
Investing in renewable energies is contagious, or at least what’s happening to the schools in the Maldives make it seem so. Solar Impulse has been in touch with Mr. Odon Sanchez, a young passionate physics and math teacher from Billabong High International School Maldives, since 2011. It all started thanks to his interest ...
Investing in renewable energies is contagious, or at least what’s happening to the schools in the Maldives make it seem so. Solar Impulse has been in touch with Mr. Odon Sanchez, a young passionate physics and math teacher from Billabong High International School Maldives, since 2011. It all started thanks to his interest in the Solar Impulse project and his desire to educate his students about renewable energy and solar power was obviously a success, as you’ll read below.
He introduced the project to the students and they all agreed to raise $10 each to personalize a solar cell on HB-SIA's wings and donate to the Solar Impulse project, an option through Solar Impulse's Supporters Program. Eighteen of them decided to volunteer (seventeen from grade 10 and one from grade 9) and André and Bertrand sent a letter of encouragement to the class thanking them for their enthusiasm and inciting them to motivate others to be pioneers like themselves.
Once all the money was collected and the school was ready to purchase solar cell n° 731, Solar Impulse decided to offer it as a gift to the motivated youth so that they would use the collected money to invest in some local renewable energy projects. Mr. Sanchez got together with the students and they all agreed to try and install solar panels on their school’s roof.
On July 6, 2012, Billabong High International School and Wirsol Renewable Energy Maldives signed an agreement to install 100 kW of solar panels, becoming the first school in the Maldives where over half of the energy consumption will be from solar power. The panels will be installed this autumn.
What is most incredible is that these youth’s pioneering spirit truly is contagious: four other schools have also contacted Wirsol Renewable Energy Maldives to install panels on their roofs as well. We’re all excited about this project and eager to see the photos of the brand new photovoltaic panels shining on Billabong’s Maldivian roof!
Good job to all the students and to their inspiring professor!
(Signing of the agreement between the school and Wirsol Renewable Energy Maldives. From left to right: Stefan Riel of Wirsol, Ibrahim Nashid of Renewable Energy Maldives and Odon Sanchez, professor at Billabong High International School Maldives).