A student holds a screwdriver and she adjusts her project in the Collegiate Wind Competition
Dennis Schroeder / NREL

Energy competitions are a fun way to apply an understanding of science. Whether you're a seventh-grader interested in testing your knowledge of energy efficiency and renewables, or an engineering student who wants to design a home for the Solar Decathlon, you can find a wide range of energy-related contests for all ages. Check out the links in this section and get ready to see how your design, engineering, and knowledge stack up against your peers.


Current Competitions

Kindergarten-High School

K-12 students can apply their knowledge and skills in competitions such as BioenergizeMe that challenges them to design an infographic to explain bioenergy.

There are no current competitions for this age range at this time but we encourage teachers to incorporate past competition resources into their current curriculums. such as the past BioenergizeMe infographic challenge.

College and universities: College and graduate students, along with their professors, can apply their technical prowess in competitions that challenge them with projects ranging from designing a wind turbine to constructing a solar-powered house.

Past competitions

The former Race to Zero competition is now enfolded into Solar Design Challenge within the Solar Decathlon.

The U.S. Department of Energy is full of learning, research and job opportunities: from entrepreneurship competitions to research at our national labs. Check out the College and Continued Learning page for competitions, internships, fellowships and research opportunities.