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Education Links

This list may be useful for those teaching or studying solar energy.  The links will help educators enhance curriculum and expand their professional growth. Also consider reviewing our main Recommended Links page. For a list of entities at Arizona Universities involved in solar and renewable energy research and implementation, please see the University Intitiativespage.

Arizona State University Energy & Sustainability Initiatives -
ASU has completed significant campus utilities infrastructure upgrades in recent years that generate electricity and reduce energy consumption as well as reduce water use and recycle materials at the Tempe campus.

Arizona State University's Solar Initiative -
Arizona State University’s solar technology strengths address the challenges of economically converting solar energy into useful useable energy for small to large scale power generation. These strengths match the complete solar product/process development cycle and support.


Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education -
AASHE is a membership-based association of colleges and universities working to advance sustainability in higher education in the US and Canada. We work in partnership with businesses, NGO's and government agencies that support our mission.

California Energy Commission's "Energy Quest" -
An abundant source of energy information, including solar energy specific references. Downloadable educational curriculum "Environmental Education Compendium for Energy Resources." Interactive energy puzzles.

Earth Viewer -
You can view either a map of the Earth showing the day and night regions at this moment, or view the Earth from the Sun, the Moon, the night side of the Earth, above any location on the planet specified by latitude, longitude and altitude, and more.

Education Partnerships - NREL's Science and Technology Education Programs -
Serves the education and research missions of NREL and DOE through three major program thrusts: preparing students, teaching and learning, and university partnerships.

Energy and Environment Specialty Group in Association of American Geographers -
A forum for promoting communication and interaction among geographers involved in energy and environmental issues, to enhance the contributions of geographers to energy and environmental research, and to assist in developing related educational curricula.

Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy Network -
This U.S. Department of Energy website is a great reference for energy efficiency and renewable energy information. Recommended for teachers and high school students.

Roofus -
Leads kids on a virtual tour of his house to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency. This website also contains activity suggestions. Recommended for grades 1 to 4.eads kids on a virtual tour of his house to learn about renewable energy and energy efficiency. This website also contains activity suggestions. Recommended for grades 1 to 4.

Solar Energy International (SEI) -
SEI offers hands-on workshops in solar, wind and water power and natural building technologies in eleven locations. SEI also offers internet based online courses.

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Student Competitions

Developing interest in science, math and engineering among students is an important endeavor. Competitions like the ones below are excellent engineering activities to foster excitement in students of all ages about various ways to use photovoltaic cells.

Solar Car Races
  • Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge - In 1993, the Winston Solar Car Team launched an education program to teach high school students how to build and safely race roadworthy solar cars. The Winston Solar Education Program met this objective, and works to provide...  More information on Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge
  • American Solar Challenge (formerly called Sunrayce) - The largest U.S. competition for solar-powered vehicles, the American Solar Challenge is a competition to design, build, and drive solar-powered cars in a cross-country time/distance rally event. More information


Solar Decathlon

The U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon challenges collegiate teams to design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient, and attractive. The winner of the competition is the team that best blends affordability, consumer appeal, and design excellence with optimal energy production and maximum efficiency.  More information on the Solar Decathlon

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Suggestions for Students and Teachers

The Arizona Solar Center website is a learning resource for students, consumers and professionals alike. For introductory and background educational material, we highly recommend the following content on our website:

Additional educational resources on this website include the following:

calendar Events Calendar

Our Events Calendar provides information on lectures, training courses, conferences and other educational events throughout the year. In-state, out-of-state and international events are included.

Downloadable Videos Downloadable Videos

Video titles: Pioneers of the Sun, Masters of the Sun, Plugging into the Sun, Cool Way to Hot Water, Utilities; for download or streaming...

Books Books

Our hand-picked selection of books (some with AzSC Board Member-written reviews) and a selection of relevant journals and articles...


Student Competitions

Developing interest in science, math and engineering among students is important. Student competitions like the Dell-Winston Solar Car Challenge and the Solar Bike "Rayce" are excellent opportunities for studendts to take advantage of.
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Overview of Courses

The State of Arizona has many organizations that teach concepts and applications of solar energy usage. Our previous detailed list of courses is currently being updated. The following institutions have offered courses in the past. You may contact them directly for more information.
  • Arizona State University
  • Chandler-Gilbert Community College
  • Coconino Community College
  • Gentle Strength University
  • Northern Arizona University
  • Pima Community College
  • University of Arizona
  • Yavapai College
  • Other AZ Institutions
You may also want to contact the entities given on the University Initiatives page.


Arizona Science Center
(Information pending; Contact Charlotte Strompers or Aura McClain @ (602) 716-2000)

Arizona State Environmental Technology Training Center
(Information pending; Contact: Robert Flood @ (520) 206-7888)

DAWN Southwest Workshops in Tucson
Visit DAWN Southwest Website for workshop dates/topics.

Gateway Community College
Visit GateWay Community College Website for information.

Prescott College
(Information pending; Contact Patricia Olson, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Scottsdale Community College
Environmentally Responsible Building (BLT140).  More information here.

Solar Institute
Visit the Solar Institute's Website for class locations/times.

Solar on-Line Learning Center
Visit Solar on-Line's Website for class locations/times. on-Line Courses
Visit Solar on-Line's Website for class locations/times.

IREC Schools Going Solar Program
Click here

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