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A British start-up company, called Arborea, has developed a type of green solar panel that does not produce electricity. Instead, the panels, which contain micro algae, diatoms and phytoplankton, clean carbon dioxide from the air while producing biomass that can be used for food production. The company claims that a panel that has the same surface are as a tree, can...

Back in December 2018, STELR News called for expressions of interest for a study on the durability of CSIRO’s printed flexible solar panels in a ‘non-laboratory’ environment.  STELR has collaborated with CSIRO and Stanford University to conduct the study, which has a secondary aim to develop awareness of this next generation solar technology. Thin, flexible solar panels are gaining attention worldwide as...

Electricity Safety Week 2019 will be held 2-6 September in NSW & QLD primary schools. Registrations now open for NSW & QLD primary schools to receive free electricity teaching resources. Primary schools in New South Wales and Queensland are encouraged to get involved in Electricity Safety Week 2-6 September 2019. This annual educational program delivered by Ausgrid, Endeavour Energy, Essential Energy and...

The STELR team made a brief visit to Darwin last week to participate in CONASTA 68. As well as having a trade display, we hosted a session outlining all the new STELR resources. We ran activities with the equipment packs (including Sustainable Housing and Electricity and Energy and outlined the new teaching resources which are available for downloading from the STELR...

Deakin University is conducting a large-scale study into teaching and learning cosmology in high schools around Australia. The aim of the study is to map student knowledge and develop resources and innovative teaching strategies to provide students with authentic experiences in the topic. The researchers are calling for teachers of Year 10 (science), Year 11 (Physics) and Year 12 (Physics) who...

A new housing project being undertaken in Knutsford, Fremantle, is combining the use of renewable energy, 21st century water use, sustainable building and sustainable landscape design. All the buildings will be fitted with solar panels which charge a shared battery used by all the residents, reducing or even eliminating reliance on the electricity grid. Electric vehicle chargers will also be provided....

Last week, at the Academy's Innovation Dinner in Sydney, Orica was recognized for its 10 years of sponsorship of the STELR Program.  Pictured above is Hans Zenk (right), Senior Manager Emerging Technologies at Orica, accepting a certificate of appreciation and acknowledgement form Academy President Hugh Bradlow. Orica's ongoing sponsorship of STELR has supported the development of new curriculum materials, the...

Find out about microrecycling in this Academy podcast.   Scientia Professor Veena Sahajwalla, an Academy Fellow at UNSW, is pioneering microrecycling … breaking down waste at a molecular level....

Whilst visiting Kingston Ontario, STELR’s Peter Pentland attended Science Rendezvous Kingston hosted by Queens University at the Leon’s Centre. The family event was held on Saturday 11 May and transformed the venue into a sort of pop-up science discovery centre with over 20 organisations attending including the Canadian Space agency, robotics teams and several departments of the university. Peter said it...

We always welcome feedback and photos of STELR in use. Tammy, one of the teachers at Corona Foothills Middle School in Vail Arizona, has sent us photos of her students using STELR Renewable Energy equipment at their school.    ...