The solar industry is in the midst of a rapid period of growth. According to The Solar Foundation’s 2013 National Solar Jobs Census, employment in the solar industry has grown by 53% since 2010. The Solar Foundation’s study went on to report that one in every 142 new jobs in the United States was created by the solar industry. While solar panel technology has a long way to go, researchers are presently developing more energy-efficient solar cells, and the cost for new technologies is declining. Engaging students in meaningful, hands-on learning experiences is a step in preparing students to participate in the opportunities available in the growing solar industry.