Teaching Renewable Energy
New to renewable energy education?

Educators—learn renewable energy background content to bring into your classroom with our robust library of articles in the Teacher Learning Center. Contact us if you would like us to add new renewable energy background content. 


Teacher-generated STEM lesson plans

Search, rate, download and adapt a growing library of teacher- created, hands-on, renewable energy STEM activities developed by teachers for teachers in our online educator library. Upload your own variations to share with educators nationwide!

Explore data

Live solar data right at your fingertips

Bring energy topics to life! Educators and students can graph, chart and analyze live energy generation data from more than 150 schools, community buildings and corporate facilities nationwide in our unique Energy Exploration Center.

upcoming teacher workshops

Portland Public Schools' Teacher Workshops in Portland, OR

2/20/16, 2/27/16, 3/5/16 • 8:30am-3:30pm
Each of these three workshops will be free and open for teachers within PPS School District to enjoy hands-on learning focused on renewable energy and the Next Generation Science Standards. Stay tuned to learn more. Registration is now open. Learn more >>

2016 Next Generation Conference (University of Oregon)
4/23/16 • 8:30am-4:30pm
Join us at one of two locations for a project-based learning STEM conference, featuring one of our teachers who participated in the Renewable Energy Educator Lab. The conference focuses on hands-on learning around Next Generation Science Standards. Learn more >>

Teacher Workshop in Dublin, CA
3/12/16 • 8:30am-3:30pm
Free hands-on inquiry-based solar engineering training program for 4th and 5th grade teachers in Dublin Unified School District, complete with science kits for the classroom! Learn more >>


opportunities for teachers

KidWind Challenge Workshop
Ellensburg, WA: Feb 06, 2016 
Turnwater, WA: Feb 20, 2016

Free workshops - learn with KidWind about renewable energy, wind and bringing your class to participate in a KidWind Challenge. Take home > $150 in materials Learn more >>

KidWind Challenges
Portland, OR: March 19, 2016 
Kenmore, WA: April 2, 2016
Ellensburg, WA: April 9, 2016

Help your students form teams and participate in the KidWind Challenge to design a better wind turbine! Learn more >>

Renewable Energy Educator Lab
Curriculum Development Opportunity
Solar 4R Schools Renewable Energy Educator Lab: helping teachers create engaging and relevant renewable energy lessons that are accessible through our online educator library. We solicit proposals in the spring from any teacher interested in collaboratively developing innovative renewable energy lessons, units, activities or student labs Learn more >>

latest project news

Solar 4R Schools receives National Leadership Award
10/19/15—Press Release, U.S. EPA and CRS Recognize Solar 4R Schools with National Leadership in Green Power Education Award for Renewable Energy Education

Portland Public Schools adds solar atop classrooms
10/6/15—Portland Tribune, Sustainable Life section

Save the Date! Washington STEM Summit
12/1/15—Solar 4R Schools to Exhibit in Problem-Solving Gallery

Students Sail Into Lessons on Solar Power
06/16/15—Inside Vancouver Public Schools

PPS Announces Rooftop Solar Project at Six Schools
02/19/15—PPS Pulse

Shining Some Light on the Science of Solar Power
02/04/15—Modesto Bee