On a clear, sunny and frigid Monday afternoon, the class brought their solar cars outside to experience the sun’s power.

Sleepy Eye High School junior high students have the opportunity to take a STEM class. STEM is Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. This is the third year the elective course has been offered to seventh and eighth graders at SEHS.

Instructor Jeanine Backer said that while the course is currently an elective, the hope for next year is that every student in kindergarten through eighth grade will be in a STEM class.

The STEM students are exploring renewable energy sources. Backer said, “They’ve studied how a solar panel works, how to construct a solar car, advantages and disadvantages of solar energy, and our environment and how we need change in energy resources to protect our world.”

On a clear, sunny and frigid Monday afternoon, the class brought their solar cars outside to experience the sun’s power. Snow on the sidewalk created a bit of an obstacle, but to the delight of students and teacher, the little solar cars were a success.

Backer said that upcoming units for the STEM class will include Roller Coasters, Bridge Building and Paper Airplanes.