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CREATE’s workshops are designed for Renewable Energy faculty, administrators, and industry experts. 

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2024 STEM Virtual Solar Institute

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Would you like to learn how solar PV works & develop lesson plans for your classroom? Please join CREATE for the STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute.

Please complete the STEM Educator Virtual Solar Institute Application if you would like to attend.  

Included with the course: 

  • Six complete solar PV lesson packages (and access to many more!). 
  • $200 in solar PV equipment to implement CREATE’s lessons (classroom solar module, electrical meters, solar power meter) at no cost to you! 
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • Professional instruction using CREATE’s lessons and equipment in your classroom. 
  • Opportunity to win up to $1000 through Teaching Innovation competitions by demonstrating effective use of your lesson plan in the classroom. 


Saturday, April 13, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST  

Wednesday, April 17, 6:00-7:00 pm CST  

Saturday, April 20, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST  

Wednesday, April 24, 6:00-7:00 pm CST  

Saturday, April 27, 11:00 am – 12:30 pm CST

For questions email Liz Reinke at

Save the Date! Summer 2024 STEM Solar Institute in Madison, WI

Wisconsin Solar Institute participants around solar installation

Learn how to teach solar principles in effective, engaging ways in your classroom! Join us in Madison, WI for the STEM Educator Solar Institute. 

At the Institute, you’ll use tools of the trade to install and commission a residential size solar photovoltaic array. You’ll review and practice necessary safety measures and electrical principles. Finally, you’ll perform (and take with you) ready to use hands-on classroom lab activities that will enable you to bring solar energy to life in your classroom. 

When: July 9-11, 2024

Where: Commercial Avenue Campus, Madison, WI

  • Class morning and afternoon at Madison College’s Commercial Avenue campus and outdoor solar photovoltaic training yard. 
  • Hotel accommodations in downtown Madison for two nights provided, along with breakfast and lunch. 
  • $600 stipend paid to participants after full completion of the Academy. 
  • Lab equipment award application to request student sets of solar PV equipment to support teaching solar in your classroom (valued at $1200). 
  • One graduate credit available (estimated cost $65). 

Applications open January 1, 2024!