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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. 

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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!

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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

Teacher Workshop in Arkadelphia, AR
5/13/16 • 8:30am-3:30pm
Free hands-on inquiry-based solar engineering training program for elementary grade teachers in Chandler Unified School District, complete with science kits for the classroom! Learn more >>

Teacher Workshop in Evansville, IN
5/24/16 • 8:30am-3:30pm
Free hands-on inquiry-based solar engineering training program for elementary grade teachers in Chandler Unified School District, complete with science kits for the classroom! Learn more >>

Mentor Your High School Students to Participate in Solar Day at OMSI - June 5th, 2016

DEADLINE is end of March! Organize a team of students to compete in a PV design competition - participating schools will receive a $500 for materials and a chance to win cash prizes for the best designs for practical applications of PV technology. Click here to register your students

opportunities for teachers

Renewable Energy Educator Lab - DEADLINE EXTENDED - May 30th, 2016

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 >>

Puget Sound Teachers: Summer Renewable Energy Leadership Institute - DEADLINE EXTENDED - May 30th, 2016

The Renewable Educator Leadership Institute is an innovative teacher professional development opportunity for Pierce, Snohomish, and King County K-12 educators who seek to meaningfully engage students in preparation for STEM careers. The weeklong summer institute uses the emergence of the new energy economy and the changing power grid as demonstrations of real-world systems that can facilitate impactful, interactive learning experiences for students. The Leadership Institute is sponsored by Boeing Foundation, with additional support from M.J.Murdock Charitable Trust and the Bonneville Power Administration. Learn more >>

latest project news

BEF-Sponsored Catching to Sun Documentary Screening SOLD OUT
04/19/16—Press Release

Solar 4R Schools: Adding Community & Educational Value to PV System Projects
03/01/16—OSEIA, Oregon Solar Review

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