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Programs for Students and Teachers

NREL's Workforce Development and Education Programs promote science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) using renewable energy as the vehicle to capture student and teacher interest. Engaging students in science and engineering activities opens the door for both study and career opportunities in these disciplines.

A photo of students competing in NREL's Solar and Lithium Ion model car races in Colorado.

STEM Education Programs

Science educators provide hands-on experiences for students in grades 4-12 to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency. Learn more about these programs held at NREL's Education Center. Several educational resources are also available for students.

DOE National Science Bowl

The U.S. Department of Energy's National Science Bowl is a fun, fast-paced academic tournament and hydrogen fuel cell car competition that tests the brainpower of middle and high 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 solar and battery-powered model cars. The vehicles are raced in interscholastic competitions hosted within their schools, states, or regions. 

Programs for Teachers

Teachers are offered research and development opportunities to enhance their content knowledge, instructional strategies, and leadership abilities. Learn more about NREL's programs for teachers.