Outreach and K-12 Education

Wind for Schools

Every March the Energy Institute hosts nearly 60 students from across the state for the regional KidWind Challenge. The day-long event, held at the Powerhouse Energy Campus, allows 4th- through 12th-grade students to explore the power of wind energy by designing, building and testing a functional wind turbine.

This event is part of the Wind For Schools program, funded by the U.S. Department of Energy, in collaboration with the KidWind Project and the National Energy Education Development Project. This nationwide project involves installing active wind turbines at local schools, allowing for a hands-on educational curriculum around wind energy.

Register for the 2023 Event: KidWind Challenge | Wednesday, March 1st from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Want to know more about Wind Energy? Who better than our neighbors to the north that get considerably more wind! Wyoming Renewables: Learn About Wind Energy!

Energy Week

Every Summer in July, the Energy Institute and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Larimer County collaborate for an Energy Week. The event typically is 1-2 days filled with activities and lab demonstrations around the Powerhouse Energy Campus.

Field Trips

The Energy Institute is pleased to host free tours of the Powerhouse Energy Campus for student groups, CSU students and visitors from other universities. Tour groups will get an up-close look at the innovative and exciting research taking place at the Powerhouse.

Schedule your tour today!

Mike Estergard, Education Outreach Coordinator

Mike in front of brick wall

Mike is working on education initiatives for audiences of all ages across Northern Colorado. He has two decades of experience with K-12 education.

Congratulations to the Robot Rebels !

First Place in the Robot Design at Colorado State Tournament!

Next stop: The Morocco International Tournament in May 2023!!

The Robot Rebels came by the Powerhouse Energy Campus in August of 2022.

Throwback to the 2018 Just Brilliant All-Girls Robotic Team