STEM Education

K-12 Teacher Professional Development and Curriculum

Proudly sponsored by NV Energy and Southwest Gas, EnergySmart Education hosts numerous outreach programs to K-12 schools throughout Nevada to teach and promote energy consumption awareness and energy conservation.

EnergySmart Education Community Energy Ambassador Project

The Community Energy Ambassador Project is an opportunity for 9th-12th grade Nevada students to utilize their talents to become local energy conservation stewards! The goal of the project is to engage high school students to think about and share messages of energy conservation and efficiency with their local community. 

How to become an Energy Ambassador:

  • Assemble a team which consists of an adult mentor and youth ambassadors. 
  • Work together to create a locally relevant energy conservation project.
  • Meet with DRI Faculty to discuss and iterate project. 
  • Share your project with your local community and enter to win a prize and statewide recognition!

Click here and complete the interest form for more information on the 2024-2025 school year project!

The EnergySmart Education Virtual Theatre Program is back the week of February 26-March 1st! This musical theater presentation is available for 2nd-3rd grade classrooms in Nevada in areas serviced by Southwest Gas. Students will sing along with Lazy Lou the energy waster and a group of energy scientists as they learn about easy energy and water conservation techniques. Prepare to have energy songs stuck in your head all day! Limited performances are available.

Click here and complete the interest form to join the spring 2024 performances!




    For questions about this program, contact Shawna Witt at 

    This program is made possible by the generous support of Southwest Gas Corporation. 

    EnergySmart Education Middle School PSA Contest

    Calling all middle school educators and organizations that serve middle school-aged students! Are your students ready for their chance to shine with their performance of a lifetime? The EnergySmart Education program will be hosting a PSA Video Contest in the fall of 2024. Teams of 1-4 students are encouraged to create a short (under 2 min) video about the importance of saving energy here in Nevada and sharing ways the community can help save. You can check out our previous winners here.

    Click here and complete the interest form to join the fall 2024 competition!

    Curriculum and Resources

    The Green Box program offers several energy efficiency and conservation focused curriculum boxes for use by Nevada educators. Available for a range of grades, each box helps students uncover how humans produce energy and learn strategies to reduce energy and water consumption in their daily lives. Interested in using an EnergySmart green box in your classroom? Visit our Green Box page. 

    The contents of a Science Alive Green Box

    Each Green Box is a self-contained teaching kit that provides educators with a unit of lesson plans along with all of the necessary supplies.


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    Other Support From:

    • Southern Nevada Water Authority
    • Springs Preserve
    • Southern Nevada Regional Professional Development Program
    • Envirolution
    • Government Office of Energy