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Cleveland puts a new twist on solar energy for its citizens

The African American Museum in Cleveland
The African American Museum in Cleveland
The African American Museum in Cleveland

The African American Museum in Cleveland, Ohio was formerly once named the Afro-American Cultural & Historical Society Museum. Ever since opening its doors in 1953, the museum has been inside of the 100-year-old Carnegie Library building, with many of the museum’s employees and volunteers working especially hard to educate the youth about the positive contributions of Blacks to the rest of the cultures and rest of the world, and to also eliminate distorted poor portrayals and images of Black people (but especially African Americans).

With great exhibits the museum shows Black Scientists and Inventors- which is supported in part by NASA, Reflections of Black Life in Cleveland, Civil Movements in America, African Past and Present- but since this isn’t your usual museum you have the pleasure of learning about their African Solar Village Outreach Project.

Definitely an eye-catching way to gain more visitors and investors to bring in something extraordinary like the Solar Outreach Project, and a unique way for the museum to seek out investments to maintain the exhibit for succeeding generations to come.

In partnership with Green Energy Ohio, the museum’s exhibit focuses on solar power, and a little twist was added to demonstrate how solar power is implemented in the outskirts of Africa. The exhibit that pairs solar power with African Villages has attracted a big following, and with more of a following comes a need for more funding. Part of the funding is used to showcase exactly how solar power is used in specific African Villages, with the ability to show exactly how it’s used. Components of their own solar power system is visible to visitors right in the exhibit, with their setup demonstrating that so much can be powered by solar panels, including lights, musical instruments, fountain water pumps, television and radio, plus much more.

System installer, Qadwi Bey discusses how received financial and technical support from NASA Glenn Research Center, including help from many individuals, has helped the museum bring knowledge to various communities about using technology for the betterment of communities. This technology doesn’t just exist in certain African villages or communities but it’s being utilized in parts of Cleveland’s poorer areas. Technology such as this has been used in these Cleveland areas for the improvement of bringing career and learning options to the people.

The African Solar Village Outreach Project has established what it set out to do, and the project brings creative avenues for teaching science and mathematics, with a focus in Solar Energy and Solar Astronomy, to the museum’s visitors. Tours and hands-on activities also play a vital role in the effort to offer a deeper understanding of how science and culture interrelate in unique ways- and is a creative way to expose the project.