Teacher Education


NETL makes significant efforts to educate teachers about the services NETL can provide by hosting hands-on workshops and taking displays and informational materials to education conferences. NETL also encourages employees to use its educational materials with their children and local schools.

  • NETL’s annual Triple E Seminar (short for Energy, Environment and Economics) is a two-day workshop of lectures, demonstrations, hands-on activities and tours conducted by NETL researchers, university professors and innovative grade school teachers. Participants enjoy Triple E because of the novel, low cost experiments they take back with them to the class room.
  • The Excellence in Science Education Award has been presented to one teacher in both Pennsylvania and West Virginia since 1999. NETL created the award to recognize area teachers who participate in education events and apply those experiences to their science classrooms.
  • With the Spectroscopy Society of Pittsburgh (SSP) and the Society of Analytical Chemists (SACP) of Pittsburgh, NETL hosts Light, Color & Spectroscopy for Kids, a seminar for elementary and middle school teachers aimed at introducing children to the science of light. This seminar was developed by the SSP and is cosponsored by SACP.


NETL hosts programs to help high school teachers develop exciting science programs for their classrooms.  

  • SACP's Computer Software Workshop for high school chemistry and physics teachers.
  • The annual Educator in the Workplace experience. Partnering with the Mon Valley Educational Consortium and West Virginia University, NETL provides the opportunity for ten local high school teachers to work hands on with NETL researchers during the summer on an experiment of timely interest. The aim is to give the teachers contemporary material they can work into their science curricula.

Upcoming Events

  • FIRST LEGO League is a robotics program for 9 to 14 year olds
    • June 9-10, 10 am - 4pm at the NASA IV&V ERC, Fairmont, WV

    • July 16-17, 10 am - 4pm at the NASA SEMAA Lab, Beckley, WV

    • August 6-7, 10 am - 4pm at the Kanawha 4-H Offices, Charleston, WV

  • NASA Sponsored FIRST Tech Challenge Workshop - WV
    Many of you have heard of the FIRST LEGO League for students ages 9-14, but how many of you know what comes next? The FIRST Tech Challenge takes the LEGO NXT brain and puts it into a robot built from metal, plastic, or whatever, adds bigger motors, batteries and the excitement of remote-control.  Watch this short video better understand
  • FREE Programming Workshop:
    We would like to invite any existing FTC teams or any interested group of students (with parents/coaches) to attend one of our, RobotC for Beginners, training sessions THIS month. We have two trainings available; one in Fairmont, WV on May 10th and one in Union, WV on May 17th. The trainings will run from 9:00am – 3:00pm. Lunch is not provided but is available from local businesses. The training syllabus will cover fundamentals, movement, and remote control.

    All of these trainings are taught using FTC Tetrix hardware, RobotC software, and the Carnegie Mellon training curriculum. These classes will be hands on with the kids manipulating the code to get the result they want from their Tetrix robot.  Existing FTC teams are encouraged to bring their own robot and laptops to become familiar with their own hardware. If students do not have a robot or laptop of their own we have robots and laptops available for use.

    We are also going to be offering off-season FTC scrimmages in the coming months. One will be held in Fairmont, WV on June 14th and the next two will be held in August, one in Charlestown, WV and the other in Morgantown, WV. I will be providing more information on these events as it becomes available.

    Below is a link to the form for the RobotC for Beginners. Please fill this out for each of your students that are interested in attending the training. 

    If you have any other questions about the trainings or have trouble with completing the form please contact me at rheadlee@usfirst.org.

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