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Pre-College Education


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


Research Experiences for Teachers

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.



Young Scholars Program

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.


Family Engineering Night

Parental involvement and support are essential in order to have a successful pre-college program. CURENT organizes Family Engineering Nights multiple times each year, inviting parents from the partner pre-college schools to experience the Center's research and education activities.

Summer Science Programs

CURENT hosts multiple K-12 summer programs aimed to spark interest in science, math and engineering amongst young students. One program focuses on middle school girls, while others will be open to all middle school students.

University & Pre-College Materials  

Here you will find the CURENT Education website which includes materials from our pre-college program and materials develped by our visiting teachers and undergraduates.  We hope that this site will be a useful resource that will increase your general engineering knowledge and knowledge of the power grid.

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.