Teaching Renewable Energy
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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!

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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 events

Check out our Training Calendar for more information on upcoming teacher workshops.

Solar 4R Schools NSTA Session: Hands-on Tools for Teaching the Science of Solar Energy
11/11/16—NSTA 2016 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland, OR

Join Solar 4R Schools at the NSTA 2016 Area Conference on Science Education in Portland on Friday, 11/11/16 11:00am to Noon. One of our past Renewable Energy Educator Lab teachers, Beverly Satterwhite from Illahee Elementary School in Camas, Washington, will talk about her experience developing hands-on photovoltaics curriculum for her students. Her project focused on the inclusion of photovoltaic arrays in house design, taking into account the mathematics involved with determining correct angles for optimal current and voltage. This NSTA session is open to all grade levels!

As part of this experience, you will gain insight into how to incorporate different engineering challenges focused on this content into your classroom, including overcoming curriculum design challenges. Lastly, you will walk away with FREE classroom materials aligned with the presentation and ready to explore for usage in your classroom.

To find our session: go to this link (http://www.nsta.org/conferences/schedule2.aspx?id=2016por), scroll down to "Solar 4R Schools" in the "Browse by Event Sponsor" to filter it for "Hands-on Tools for Teaching the Science of Solar Energy." Make sure to register beforehand to add it to your schedule and receive updates.

Teacher Workshop in Pittsburgh, PA
9/20/16 • Sponsored by Alcoa Foundation

Teacher Workshop in Lancaster, PA
9/22/16 • Sponsored by Alcoa Foundation

Conference Session Presentation at GoGreen Portland
10/5/16 • "Generating the Next Generation"

Teacher Workshop in Vancouver, WA
10/8/16 • Sponsored by Clark Public Utilities

Teacher Workshop in Newport, OR
10/14/16 • Sponsored by Oregon Coast STEM Hub

opportunities for teachers

Idaho Power Area Schools

Through contributions to its Green Power Program, Idaho Power awards up to two Renewable Schools projects per year to schools located within its service area. Thanks to Idaho Power Company’s Green Power Program participants for supporting the Solar 4R Schools program. The Renewable School offering and include teacher training, science kit materials and the installation of a small-scale demonstration photovoltaic (PV) system at your school with data monitoring. Typical photovoltaic systems installed have ranged from 1 to 4 KW, depending on local cost variables. Although applicant match is not required, it can be used to increase the system size beyond the awarded size.  Learn more >>

Puget Sound Area Teachers: Leadership Institute coming Summer 2017

Start thinking of some energy-related lessons you may want to develop with a group of peers in an intensive training session that will leave you with the confidence and understanding to teach a wide range of energy and renewable energy concepts that will help prepare your students to face the energy problems of today and the future. We will start accepting proposals in early 2017 - stay tuned for more details. Learn more >>

latest project news

Partnering with Utilities for Hands-on STEM
October 2016—NSTA Reports

Local Partnerships bring Solar 4R Schools to Peninsula School District
09/01/16—The News Tribune

Sun on the Roof: Frenchtown schools, MEC partner on solar garden

Frenchtown High School Solar Panels used as a Learning Tool
08/17/16—KPAX-TV 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

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