Norfolk State University is getting some extra green to continue its green technology initiative.
The Dominion Foundation has awarded the school a $25,000 grant to expand its teaching and training of emerging technologies. Students at NSU learn how to design micro- and nano-scale devices to create energy and lighting, such as LED’s and solar cells.
“It is our expectation that this grant will help NSU students gain valuable knowledge and practical experience in green energy technologies,” said Hunter A. Applewhite, president of the Dominion Foundation. “Educating young engineers about renewable energy is an important step toward a greener future.”
The microfabrication lab at NSU is also being used to educate much younger students. Rachel Watson, a first grade teacher in Norfolk, is working in the lab this summer. She is going to incorporate green energy technology in her lesson plans.
“By learning about green technology, first graders can understand the importance of recycling materials and how we can harness energy from the sun,” said Watson.