NETL's efforts in education reflect DOE’s mission in its Workforce Development for Teachers and Scientists program, providing a continuum of opportunities to the Nation's students and teachers of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).
NETL is a proactive developer and supporter of education initiatives at all levels. NETL’s commitment to education is demonstrated through research participation, workshops, instructional materials, tours, community outreach, and special events. The goal of NETL’s Education Program is to enhance interest in math and science and to provide resources and instructional materials. Our commitment to this goal will contribute to a foundation in a scientific and technological world for our young people.
NETL also has the ability to assist educational institutions through equipment grants and loans. Executive Order 12999, April 17, 1996, directs all federal agencies, to the maximum extent permitted by law, to give highest preference to elementary and secondary schools in the transfer or donation of education-related federal equipment, at the lowest cost permitted by law. Furthermore, subsection II(i) of the Stevenson-Wydler Technology Innovation Act of 1980, as amended (15 U.S.C. 3710(i)), authorizes the director of a laboratory, or the head of any Federal agency or department to give excess research equipment to an educational institution or nonprofit organization for the conduct of technical and scientific education and research activities. These equipment grants and loans often comprise used but serviceable computer equipment or laboratory equipment.
NETL offers Research Associate appointments to members of the academic community from undergraduates through faculty.
NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers about the services NETL can provide by hosting hands-on workshops and by taking displays and informational materials to education conferences.