Friday, March 4, 2016

BAHS alumna launches solar lantern project in South Africa

Dr. Klinger with former student Pam (Mitchell) Ulicny
BAHS was delighted to welcome back alumna Pamela (Mitchell) Ulicny who recently stopped by for a visit. Pam has taught Life Science, Biology, and Environmental Science at Tri-Valley Junior/Senior High School since 1992. Pam's expertise is in herpetology--she currently has 30 different reptiles and amphibians in her classroom!  Pam, along with Sundance Solar, has developed a kit for making solar-powered LED lights in mason jars. She has written science curricula for various age groups that incorporates these build-it-yourself solar lanterns. In order to bring this technology to international classrooms, Pam has teamed up with Aspire Youth, a non-profit group in South Africa that seeks to empower youth living in poverty through education and vocational training. She received a grant from the Fund for Teachers to travel to Africa in the summer of 2015 to launch the solar lantern project. Pam is also collaborating with the non-profit organization, One Million Lights. As the name suggests, this group's mission is to distribute one million solar lights to replace  kerosene lamps that are both dangerous and a source of pollution. The group works in conjunction with schools in the United States to increase global awareness of alternate energy resources.  Pam has recently been featured in the organization's newsletter.To read more about Pam's work check out: