Utah Energy Innovators ignites innovation in K-12 education by empowering students to tackle energy challenges hands-on, driven by their passion and creativity. With seven thrilling categories, winners from both elementary and middle/high schools can compete to receive $2,000 to fuel their classroom dreams and project aspirations!

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Utah Energy Innovators is a friendly competition that engages Utah's K-12 schools, classrooms, or school-sponsored clubs in solving energy challenges through hands-on STEM education, supporting Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Utah Science with Engineering Education (SEEd) standards. Participants choose from seven project categories to develop solutions for energy-related problems. Categories include: 

  • Alternative Transportation
  • Clean Energy
  • Indoor Air Quality
  • Sustainable Agriculture
  • Resource Management
  • Restoration/Reclamation
  • Living Classroom

Final projects are submitted via video in April. This year, 10 winners—5 from elementary and 5 from middle/high school—will each receive a $2,000 award for classroom support or project implementation.

Utah Energy Innovators is a groundbreaking educational competition supporting K-12 schools, classrooms, and clubs in addressing energy challenges through hands-on, student driven lessons and projects. Aligned with the national Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS) and Utah Science with Engineering (SEEd) standards, this competition fosters engaging STEM education and intertwines the state’s unique energy landscape and workforce development needs. 

To revolutionize Utah’s educational landscape, students can choose from seven categories: Alternative Transportation, Clean Energy, Indoor Air Quality, Sustainable Agriculture, Resource Management, Restoration/Reclamation, or Living Classroom. They will enhance their science skills, solve energy-related problems, and create innovative new energy solutions within their own schools and communities. Winners (5 elementary schools, 5 middle/high schools) will receive $2,000 each for classroom enhancements or project continuation.