ACEP Teams Up with REAP and 365 SMART

ACEP Teams Up with REAP and 365 SMART

The National Science Foundation MicroFEWs project researchers are teaming up with Renewable Energy Alaska Project in February and March to offer a Solar Challenge course for home-schooled students in grades five through eight.

The course is offered through UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning’s 365 SMART Academy.

MicroFEWs researchers will present snapshots of real-life research. REAP will follow with curriculum delivery. Students will be introduced to concepts of electricity and solar energy production by building a solar-powered structure. At the end of the course, students will submit their design and its performance to a national, online competition.  

UAF Summer Sessions & Lifelong Learning created the 365 SMART (Science, Math, Art, Recreation and Technology) Academy, which offers virtual courses to students in the home-schooled community to supplement their academic curriculum. The courses consist of YouTube videos, Zoom class meetings and kits of materials to provide hands-on activities at home.

The MicroFEWs research project investigates how renewable energy can improve food, energy and water security in Alaska’s remote communities.  

For more information on the 365 Smart Academy, visit


A group of students proudly display their model solar house to a panel of judges. Photo courtesy of KidWind.