Due to the closure of public schools arising from Washington’s COVID-19 response, the Clean Energy Institute has temporarily suspended in-school outreach visits. However, we are still committed to providing science outreach during these times.
Click here to access at-home learning resources for K-12 teachers, parents, and students. The page includes links for virtual classroom visits from UW clean energy researchers, free solar kits, lesson plans, and science readings.
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 undergraduate students who lead students in hands-on activities and present at community events such as the Pacific Science Center Engineering weekend, Engineering Discovery Days, and many other events. Ambassadors benefit by honing their skills at communicating science to the public and gain first hand experience with programs that support broader impacts. Washington state teachers can request a 4th-12th grade classroom visit by a Clean Energy Ambassador for a classroom, stem fair 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, a tour of tools such as the electronic microscope, and some presentation and hands-on workshop. Due to heavily used instruments and busy labs we are limited to one tour event a month and a last-minute cancellation fee may apply.
Possible Ambassador Activities
- Solar Car Races
- Meet a Scientist 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 request a visit by a Clean Energy Ambassador! Please sign up 3-4 weeks in advance to allow us to schedule and find volunteers.
More information about Clean Energy Ambassadors