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K-12 Students

NREL's Education Programs seek to promote science, mathematics, and technology education using renewable energy as the vehicle to capture student interest. Engaging students in science and engineering activities opens the door for both study and career opportunities in these disciplines. Students from traditionally under represented ethnic and gender groups are encouraged to participate from all academic levels.

Elementary

Several educational resources are available for elementary students.

Middle School

DOE National Science Bowl — Middle School

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl — Middle School is a fun, fast-paced academic tournament and hydrogen fuel cell car competition that tests the brainpower of middle school teams on science and math topics.

Model Car Competitions

NREL's model car competitions are classroom-based, hands-on educational programs for 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. Student teams apply math, science, and creativity to construct model solar-, hydrogen-, and battery-powered vehicles and race them in interscholastic competitions hosted within their schools, states, or regions.

High School

DOE National Science Bowl — High School

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl — High School is a fun, fast-paced academic tournament and hydrogen fuel cell car competition that tests the brainpower of middle school teams on science and math topics.