solarcars_189Outreach 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 caengineering days_400n 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

Sign up to arrange a classroom visit or on campus tour by a Clean Energy Ambassador

More information about Clean Ambassadors


Upcoming Events- Look for CEI Clean Energy Ambassadors here…pawson_400



  • 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

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Washington Teachers Sign up to receive a free SunDawg Bag

The Sun Dawg bag contains two cars, 9 lesson plan cards, filters and reflectors.

The Sun Dawg bag contains two cars, 9 lesson plan cards, filters and reflectors.

Other Outreach Materials

The Washington Research Foundation has provided a six-year gift of $6.74 million to support nine new faculty hires, six postdoctoral researchers and the creation of a new experimental manufacturing facility on campus that will help move discoveries from the laboratory to the marketplace. This investment in the CEI is truly transformational.”
– Daniel Schwartz, CEI Director
“Providing clean energy to the inhabitants of our planet is a major challenge to future generations. The University of Washington is to be congratulated for establishing an Institute where faculty and students can work together to tackle the difficult global challenge of energy sustainability.”
– Mildred Dresselhaus, Professor of Physics and Electrical Engineering, Emerita and Institute Professor, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
“Energy competition is opening up in a variety of ways, the push for carbon control will continue, and the rate of technology advancement is exponential. All the things I’ve seen at the CEI are just perfect for the way we see things going in energy. You guys are at the cutting edge. We’re counting on you.”
– Ronald Litzinger, President, Edison Energy
Since its founding the Clean Energy Institute has contributed more than $1.1 million toward the education of 66 STEM scholars and recruitment of 12 students through our fellowship programs.