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Programs for Teachers

The Visiting Faculty Program, Energy Institute for Teachers, and STEM teacher-research programs at NREL promote excellence in teaching and contribute to improving critical elements of the science, mathematics, and technology education system.

NREL is closely monitoring and following coronavirus (COVID-19) guidance as outlined by public health experts. We are evaluating the best path forward for all of our programs and how we can best serve the students and teachers of our community.

Teachers at a hands-on wind energy experiment.

Visiting Faculty Program

The Visiting Faculty Program seeks to increase the research competitiveness of faculty members and their students to expand the workforce vital to the U.S. Department of Energy's mission. As part of the program, selected university/college faculty members collaborate with laboratory research staff on a project of mutual interest. Faculty member participants may invite up to two students to participate in hands-on research at NREL during the summer.

For more information about the Visiting Faculty Program at NREL, contact Chris Nash.

Teacher Professional Development: Summer 2021

NREL is committed to providing professional development opportunities for formal educators who want to integrate renewable energy and energy efficiency components into their curriculum. This summer, join fellow STEM high school teachers from across Colorado, along with educators and scientists from NREL and the Colorado School of Mines, for the Summer Workshop on Energy Education for Teachers (SWEET), to be held June 15–16.

Participating teachers will earn continuing education credits from the Colorado School of Mines and gain skills to educate the next generation of STEM professionals. SWEET is a free online workshop. Supplies and a stipend will be provided to participants. Space is limited. To register, contact the program coordinator.

STEM Teacher and Researcher Program

STEM Teacher and Researcher (STAR) is a 9-week paid summer research experience program for future K–12 STEM teachers. The program pairs aspiring STEM teachers with researchers and scientists at research laboratories such as NREL and allows them to gain firsthand experience in applied research settings. STAR also supports the continued development of our teacher-researcher fellows with ongoing professional development and networking opportunities. Learn more and apply through the STAR website