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Making Agrivoltaics Child’s Play

The University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign wants future farmers to get in the game of agrivoltaics — literally. A team of researchers is developing a gaming app that will teach kids about agrivoltaics.

And it’s more than fun and games — it’s backed by science that studies how solar panel placement impacts the growth of various crops.

“Dual-use land is really a great idea, intuitively, so why not build an app that lets kids explore these really interesting ideas while they’re playing a game?” said H. Chad Lane, associate chair for educational psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.

Targeting youth is part of a long-term strategy to support culture change.


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