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Head of the class: SolarMax “teaching” solar energy

f a superhero is what it takes to get Barbadian school children tuned into a future characterised by solar power as a main source of energy for everyday use, then the days ahead look bright.

That’s because Barbados now has such a superhero. He is SolarMax — a “cool-looking mascot dressed in a superhero-type, skin-tight, black and yellow suit”.

SolarMax was unveiled last week for the first time to the students of Westbury Primary School, who got an interesting and entertaining lesson in solar technology and how it can benefit them and the country in he future.

It is all part of a project to increase awareness among Barbadians of the benefits of solar power, and is the brainchild of masters student at the Cave Hill Campus of the University of the West Indies, Avery Mascoll.

Mascoll said: “The launch of the project included the unveiling of the SolarMax mascot who will be used in a series of schools over the next two weeks to improve awareness of renewable energy, specifically solar power.

“In Barbados, we are significantly impacted by the constant increasing and unstable oil prices which results in high energy cost. However, since sun light is free, readily available and environmentally friendly, we join those who promote solar energy and encourage others to invest in such today.”

As a result of this project, students and teachers will now have access to useful on-line information as well as “a game specifically designed for fun, while teaching the major components of the basic solar system”.

The SolarMax project will also be woven into the Garden Adventure undertaking of alternative energy consultant William Hinds. The Garden Adventure includes a solar operated bus and racing cars along with activities “all designed to provide a fun and interactive experience to teach the children about solar energy”.


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