A project of GRID Alternatives, Solar Spring Break gives MIT students the opportunity to spend their vacation week installing solar panels in underserved communities. This program fits well with MIT’s motto, “Mens et Manus,” teaching students in a hands-on way about the intersections of issues like energy, class, and engineering.
Solar Spring Break really opened my eyes as to how new science and engineering technologies can be combined with helping those in need.
Allison Shepard, Solar Spring Break ’17 (Watch the video and interview on ABC News)
How it works
MITEI representatives and a team of 10 students travel to Los Angeles, California; two students serve as team leaders
The program includes safety/solar orientation, solar policy discussions, two days of on-site solar installation, a solar design workshop, and training
Cost per student is $500, which includes a $50 deposit, and covers airfare, accommodations, and most meals for the week
Financial aid is available for eligible students and fundraising tools are available to all
Recreational activities include visits to the Griffith Observatory, Santa Monica Pier, Grand Central Market, and LA Arts District