“Leadership tomorrow depends on how we educate our students today – especially in science, technology, engineering and math.” – President Obama, September 16, 2010[1]

NETL’s Education Program mission is to educate the next generation of researchers, engineers and scientists, who will one day carry the charge of leading the United States to an energy independent future. As energy ambassadors to our youth, we see it as our responsibility to encourage students to get excited about STEM at an early age.

We accomplish this by being a proactive developer and supporter of education initiatives at all levels. Our commitment to education is demonstrated through research participation, workshops, instructional materials, tours, community outreach, and special events.

As the Department of Energy’s lead laboratory for the Office of Fossil Energy, we also strive to educate teachers and students about the importance of fossil energy and its value in supplying the America with over 85% of its energy.[2]

NETL also has the ability to assist educational institutions through equipment grants and loans. Executive Order 12999, April 17, 1996, directs all federal agencies, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to elementary and secondary schools in the transfer or donation of education-related federal equipment, at the lowest cost permitted by law.  Furthermore, subsection II(i) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (15 U.S.C. 3710(i)), authorizes the director of a laboratory, or the head of any Federal agency or department to give excess research equipment to an educational institution or nonprofit organization for the conduct of technical and scientific education and research activities. These equipment grants and loans often comprise used but serviceable computer equipment or laboratory equipment. 

For upcoming education events in your area, instructor resources, and student material, please click on the categories listed on the left. If you have a unique request, or wish to contact the NETL Education Program Manager, please click here to fill out our STEM Education Activity Request Form.


For more information on our STEM offerings, view the video below.