Focusing on sustainability and feasibility, the Energy Discovery Zone (EDZ) program uses actual professional equipment and systems to educate students about concepts such as conventional and alternative energy while giving them the chance to use what they learned in the real world.
The Energy Discovery Zone consists of three related initiatives:
- SOLAR POWER STATION PLATFORMS: AYA Instruments, EDZ’s parent company, installed custom-designed sustainable energy platforms at the Community Day School and West Allegheny Middle School. A PDF brochure is also available.
- MOBILE STEAM CLASSROOMS: EDZ is converting buses into mobile classrooms. The first will operate in LA with plans to expand service to the Pittsburgh and Philadelphia areas. Pictures of a similar bus are shown in the column to the right.
- EMPLOYMENT FOCUSED LEARNING PLATFORM: EDZ is developing an all-in-one learning platform that utilizes cutting edge technologies designed to teach students critical thinking and interpersonal skills. The purpose of this program is to help them gain employment while learning about sustainability. Proposed areas of training include industry-specific skills such as modifying vehicles like the mobile classroom for increased sustainability and utility.
- EDZ is working with the Los Angeles Unified School District and the Philadelphia Energy Authority to custom build buses for use in those cities.