“Tell me, I’ll forget. Show me, I’ll remember.
Let me do it, I’ll understand.”

“Dígame, yo lo olvidaré. Muéstremelo, lo recordaré.
Déjeme hacerlo, yo lo comprenderé.”

Plugging into the Sun logo

Solar-Active is the new brand name for the Schools & Homes Energy Education Project, an independent not-for-profit company (No. 03273416) and registered charity (No. 1073347).

We offer unique educational resources and workshops in sustainable development, energy efficiency and renewable energy technologies, as well as a range of kits and components to help you learn about solar energy.

High Pressure Sodium and Blue-Rich LED Lighting

David Garlovsky’s paper: “High Pressure Sodium {HPS} and Blue-Rich LED security lights effects on trees and green city landscape: Human and wildlife circadian rhythms and health and well-being” has been agreed for the CIBSE 2018 conference to be held at the South Bank University. David will present on 1.25pm on 12th April 2018. Register for the conference

Tech for Teachers Award

The Solar/STEM solar car/boat was named a 4 star winner in this category. The STEM solar resource is used to teach engineering skills in application of design, maths, physics in an enjoyable way. It motivates and engages students to gain self-confidence and problem solving skills while building the solar car or boat. Students are given the opportunity to design components to modify positively to affect performance e.g. travel in a straight direction, over bumps and hills, and increase speed.

Tech for Teachers Award press release

See our car and boat products in our shop.

ASE National Conference Liverpool 2018


Activity: Build and race a solar car using Solar Active STEM resources to achieve outcomes in climate change science while learning through ‘trial & improvement’ to raise attainment. Primary and Secondary target groups.

Report of sessions where 15 people attended from: Malta, Denmark, Netherlands, Spain, UK, Norway, China and Hong Kong.

The Psychology and Philosophy of Eugene T. Gendlin.

After the successful sessions in 2017 on the Psychology and Philosophy of Eugene T. Gendlin, sessions are being organised by David Garlovsky, Certified Focusing Teacher, to teach skills of ‘listening’ and ‘focusing’. The sessions are open to anyone. We will focus on how to learn listening and focusing to positively attend to emotive feelings for use in personal and professional life such as, problem solving, creativity, teaching, new responses when one is in relation to another, decision making, creative writing and conflict resolution. We will begin with brief discussion about Gene’s basic notion that something that is vague, unclear and bodily felt can “open into a whole field of intricate detail”.

A brief report of the 2 hour session held at Sheffield Central Library on 15th March 2017 is available.

The next workshop to learn the skills of Listening and Focusing will be held on Wednesday 2nd May, 2018 from 5.30pm to 7.30pm at the Central Library Carpenter Room
Places are FREE but must be booked.
Telephone: 0114 273 4712
Online: www.sheffieldlibraries.eventbrite.co.uk

Facilitator: David Garlovsky, BSc, MSc, Certificate in Social Phenomenology. Certified Focusing Teacher of the Focusing Institute

Workshop Poster

Engage Science Done Right Conference

Mastery assessment or looking to make your schemes more engaging. David Garlovsky provided a session at the Science Done Right conference, from ENGAGE and science upd8, to help teachers upgrade their practice, implement a 5-year big ideas curriculum, mastery assessment or looking to make schemes more engaging. Saturday 11 March 2017, Open University, Milton Keynes. Presentation
Virtual Car Assembly

Solar Cells

Flexible triple junction high performance cells. Solar cells

How Solar Roofs Work – An educational animated blog post detailing how solar roofs transfer energy from the sun and provide power to a house.

Solar car/boat design challenge

Take the design challenge! Our range of solar powered kits help teach design, maths, physics and practical skills in a fun way which will motivate and engage students.
Stenden University solar car case study

Solar STEM curriculum resources

We offer a range of educational resources, such as kits, components and teaching aids to contribute to the latest curriculum demands.

Virtual Car

Try your hand at building and racing our virtual car – it works in the dark!

Sales & Components

See our Shop to see our range of kits and components that can be used as part of practical sessions led by a teacher or our trainer to allow students to practice construction for themselves and learn engineering and scientific principal first-hand. Take the design challenge and work out how you’re going to build yours!

Workshops / CPD

We can put together workshops tailored to your needs to demonstrate the applicability of renewable energy and sustainability topics in achieving National Curriculum Science and Design & Technology outcomes at primary and secondary levels. Our senior trainer has had many years’ experience in this field and is appropriately qualified and SRB registered.

School/Home Energy Cost and Saving

No one like paying utility bills. Our website has information and advice to help you control your energy costs by limiting mains energy usage and tapping into the free energy sources provided by nature.

Sustainability & Climate Change

Reducing your energy requirement not only saves you money, it reduces your carbon footprint to limit climate change and conserve resources for future generations.

Inland Revenue Tax Benefits

The Inland Revenue allows a charity to receive tax repayments giving through the Self Assessment Return.

A scheme introduced by the Inland Revenue allows any individual to nominate a charity to receive their tax repayments as a donation. For the purposes of the scheme the Schools and Homes Energy Education Projects unique code is AAP70PG and will be listed on the Inland Revenue’s website. For more information on how to nominate The Schools and Homes Energy Education Project, please contact the Inland Revenue for an application form.