Colorado State University

K-12 Energy Resources

Energy Resources - CSU Extension K-12 Energy Education

CSU Extension has developed two energy curricula for Colorado teachers and informal educators - a Clean Energy Curriculum for Colorado Middle and High Schools and a Colorado Wind for Schools Curriculum. They are:

Visit the CSU Extension website to access the curricula.


STEM Fridays*

Regional schools are invited to bring 30 students to CSU for a Friday morning lab project facilitated by CSU students studying to become teachers.

Solar Car Competition

Clean Energy Curriculum

This High School STEM Curriculum is focused on the scientific, mathematical, and engineering content connections related to the Clean Energy Technologies of Wind, Solar, and Fuel Cell Technologies.

Clean Energy Curriculum for High School

Collaborations with Schools*

Dr. Jeni Cross has worked for the last several years with the Strategic Sustainability Team in the Poudre School District (PSD). As a member of that team, Dr. Cross has helped PSD high schools to develop plans for engaging building occupants in energy conservation.

Dave Swartz and Jeni Cross

Energy Special Award*

The Colorado Science and Engineering Fair is held annually at CSU and the Energy Institute sponsors a special award for the best senior division energy project. Members of the Energy Institute interview the students/teams and select the most interesting project. The prize is $500 and the opportunity to present their research at the annual Energy Institute Expo.

Sara Volz Receives Energy Institute Special Award

Research Experiences for Teachers*

Occasionally, faculty have grant money that includes support for a Research Experience Teachers (RET). In 2012, Drs. Barth and Sites walked Gavin Polhemus from Poudre High School through all of the steps involved in designing, fabricating and testing a Cd/Te solar cell. 

Energy Institute Research Experience for Teachers

Field Trips*

Each year we host an “Energy Science and Policy” field trip of high school students from Grand Junction.

*In collaboration with the CNS Education & Outreach Center

For more information, please contact:

Mac McGoldrick

Energy Institute Member Organizations

Center for Energy and Behavior Center for Energy Development and Health Center for Energy Water Sustainability Center for Laser Sensing and Diagnostics Center for Next Generation Photovoltaics Center for the New Energy Economy Electric Power Systems Laboratory Engines and Energy Conversion Laboratory Industrial Assessment Center Institute for the Built Environment Rural Energy Center Sustainable Biofuels Development Center