With mounting concern over the effects of climate change, one state has enlisted the help of high school students. Educators in Virginia came up with The Throwing Solar Shade contest to challenge them to use solar energy to help address some of these problems. Four winning entries, from three schools, assessed the effectiveness of a variety of solar panel surfaces. "This particular program is about growing the next generation of citizen-scientists," program organizer Anthony Smith told Bay Journal. "It's about engaging - particularly in this case - high school students in not only learning about climate change and solar, but also developing the 5 Cs: critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, communication, and citizenship skills," he said.

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