A fundamental component of CURENT’s pre-college program is to inspire young students and teachers through education outreach. Our goal is to inform K-12 students about present and anticipated energy-related issues, encourage problem-solving through creativity and an active imagination, and to familiarize them with possible engineering career paths.
- Promote diversity from an early age with the goal of increasing enrollment of underrepresented populations in university programs
- Promote energy and engineering literacy in elementary schools and inspire students to explore engineering and science education
- Develop long-term partnership with schools
- Provide teachers and young scholars research opportunity to advance their engineering knowledge
- Introduce electrical, renewable energy, and power system concepts into classrooms
The Research Experience for Teachers (RET) program offers K-12 educators with a focus in STEM fields the opportunity to do research with our faculty and graduate students for either an academic year or summer term.
The Young Scholars Program at CURENT gives high school students interested in electrical engineering a chance to perform research with our faculty and graduate students in our campus laboratories.
CURENT will host multiple K-12 summer programs aimed to spark interest in science, math and engineering amongst young students. One program will focus on middle school girls, while others will be open to all middle school students.
Science Fair and Event Sponsorship
Partner middle and high schools are often limited with funds when attending science fairs and competitions. The Center collaborates with university administrations and industry partners to sponsor partner middle and high schools for the Science Olympiad and other relevant events at the state level. Funds are allocated to support selected events proposed by partner middle and high schools.
Parent Involvement in Pre-College Activities
Parental involvement and support are essential in order to have a successful pre-college program. CURENT organizes "Science Nights" multiple times each year, inviting parents from the partner pre-college schools to experience the Center's research and education activities. During the summer programs involving students, a session is also organized for the parents.