Outreach to the university, K-12 students and public is an important part of the CEI mission to increase public understanding of the promise of alternative energy, smart grids and storage systems. We want to get students interested in STEM careers by connecting them with our fellows who share their enthusiasm for science and engineering. CEI Clean Energy Ambassadors are graduate and under graduate students who lead students in hands-on activities and present at community events such as Paws On Science, Engineering Discovery Days, and many other events. CEI fellows benefit by honing their skills at communicating science to the public and gain first hand experience with programs to support broader impacts. You can request a classroom visit by a Clean Energy Ambassadors for your classroom or community event.
CEI can also arrange an on campus tour and/or workshop for secondary school groups. These typically involve about 1 hour of lab visits, see tools such as the electronic microscope, and some presentation and hands one workshop. Due to heavily used instruments and busy labs we are limited to one tour event a month and a cancellation fee may apply.
Possible Ambassador Activities
- Solar Car Races
- Solar Energy Exploration and Presentation
- Mini Solar Panel hands-on workshop
- Solar Spinner hands-on workshop
- Anything from our Lessons Page
- CEI and MolES Building Tour at UW
Sign up to arrange a classroom visit or on campus tour by a Clean Energy Ambassador
More information about Clean Ambassadors
- February 3rd North Middle School STEM Career Fair- 8-2pm
- February 9 Enumclaw Interactive STEM Expo 4-7:30 pm
- February 15th HM Jackson High Schooll
- February 25- Science Olympiad – UW
- March 4th- Inspire STEM faire- UW Bothell
- March 9th Sunrise Elementary STEM night 5:30-8pm Puyallup
- March 16-17 Wenatchee school tour
- March 23- Whittier Elementary STEM fair- 6-8pm
Where have we been?
Washington Teachers Sign up to receive a free SunDawg Bag
Other Outreach Materials
- Download a flyer about the CEI Ambassadors Program
- Light Basics Kit- lens, colored flashlights, spectroscope, polarizing filters, glow paper, uv beads, diffraction grating
- Build A Solar Panel or Sunspinner Activity Kit
- Telecommunications Kit- fiber optics, lasers, Michelson interferometer
- Dye Sensitized solar cell kit– Build a Graetzel dye sensitized solar cell using TiO2, berry derived dye, ITO, and an electrolyte
- Absorption and Fluoresence– with USB spectrometer
- A Battery From Household Chemicals – Demo Instructions– demo guide
- Solar Cell Photon Toss- Toss red, green and blue bean bags into a solar cell poster to see which makes the lights blink
- Solar cell characterization– Use a laptop, USB voltmeter, and a variable resistor to measure the efficiency of a solar cell.
- Phosphorescent Decay– Use a laptop, USB light sensor, and glow-in-the dark paper to measure an exponential decay curve.
- Thin films demo- create a colorful interference pattern with nail polish that is spread to a few molecules thickness
- Outreach checklist make sure you have all the items you need for an outreach event
- Clean Energy Careers flyer for career fairs.