The new college building houses an “open-air classroom” for the study of solar energy.
Students of the Collège de Béthusy will soon study on the terrace. Inaugurated on Wednesday, the establishment’s new building is actually an “open-air classroom” for science education. “This roof will allow long-term experiments to be carried out exclusively through modules that use solar energy. Offering practical workshops in addition to theory is a real added value for students”, notes Bertrand Nicolier, dean of 8p classes Huh.
The idea comes from teacher Nicole Hoffman, who is eager to go beyond textbook diagrams. “This space will allow us to use equipment that was previously difficult to bring into orbit. Thanks to a number of modules, like an oven or a solar dish, we’re going to make things a lot more concrete. It’s also about showing that With less technology it is already possible to do a lot in terms of energy,” she explains. Later a vegetable greenhouse, a small wind turbine and a weather station will also be installed.