In May 2010, construction on the National Weather Center Green Roof, a project that uses a large rooftop section of plants and native grasses to absorb solar radiation and reduce building cooling costs, was completed at the University of Oklahoma's Norman Campus. The green roof has since been incorporated into some OU courses in order to educate students about green energy, including one offered through University Outreach.
The 2012 Going Green Summer Academy, provided through Precollegiate Programs, is a one week camp held from June 24 to June 29 in which high school juniors and seniors learn about building and designing architecture with an eye on integrating green technology and renewable energy. At Going Green, students will receive instruction from OU College of Architecture professors on green building in specialized areas including interior design, construction, landscape architecture and urban planning, according to program literature. Students will also develop problem-solving and project management skills through experience in drafting, computer modeling and cost estimation that provides foundational knowledge in architecture and design.
In addition to exploring alternative energy in building methods, materials and design concepts, students will apply what they learn to a hands-on project in which they will design a community youth center that employs green technology. To supplement their educational experience, students will hear presentations from guest speakers and will also visit the National Weather Center Green Roof.
“The Going Green program provides high school students a unique opportunity,” said Holly Mills, program specialist for Precollegiate Programs. “Students will learn at a major university campus and be prepared for the future, at no cost to them.”
This is the third consecutive year University Outreach has offered the Going Green Program, one of many summer academies provided through Precollegiate Programs, which gives students unique educational summer learning opportunities. Additional information on Going Green and other Precollegiate Summer Academies can be found at youth.ou.edu.