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Energy! UMD Center for Young Children Camp Visits LEAFHouse!

On one of those sweltering, humid days last week, I was treated to a visit from the Blue Room Summer Camp at the Center for Young Children (CYC). They trekked with their water bottles and sun hats across the University of Maryland campus to visit LEAFHouse as part of their learning about energy. For six to eight year olds, they knew quite a lot about different kinds of energy! (Me: No, we don't generate any atomic energy at LEAFHouse. Camper: Awww . . .)

It's great to see kids engage and get comfortable at LEAFHouse. The leaf-like skylight is always a big hit, along with the hidden bed and the sliding door bathroom! See a picture of the class at LEAFHouse on the CYC Blue Room Summer Camp website, where the visit is summed up like this:

"LEAFHouse - The visit to the LEAFHouse occurred on a hot and sweltering day. Lucky for all the LEAFHouse was well air conditioned. Children learned that the LEAFHouse got it's name because, like a leaf, the house produces energy from the sun's light and because the skylight at the roof's peak resembles a leaf with veins. LEAFHouse was constructed by some UMD students for a competition, and won second place while being displayed on the Mall in Washington DC. Renee Brooks Catacalos explained to the children how the house also uses the sun's thermal energy to make hot water. On cloudy days and at night the energy made from the house during sunny times is stored in batteries."

We're always glad to have students of any age visit LEAFHouse and learn about ways they can help create a more sustainable and resilient community.

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