On a back corner lot of UNLV’s Paradise Campus and more than a mile away from regular classroom sessions, students donned construction hats and bright yellow vests.

It’s not the typical attire of a college student, but this is not a typical school project.

The task at hand: Design and build a solar-powered house from the ground up.

“All the students that helped design the project are actually hands-on building it as well,” UNLV student Nasko Balaktchiev said. “It’s an excellent learning opportunity for all of us to physically see things come together.”

Balaktchiev is project manager for UNLV’s team of students who are competing in the U.S. Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon, which begins this week in Denver.

To read the complete article by Natalie Brudza at the Las Vegas Review-Journal, please click here.