Students from University of Texas-Pan American won 2nd place for their infographic and took home the People's Choice Award in the National Geothermal Student Competition in 2014.

The Geothermal Technologies Office supports an exciting array of educational initiatives for high school and college students - including student competitions in science communications and geothermal and subsurface science. Check back often to learn about our newest projects!

what's new: GTO 2016 student competition

The U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Geothermal Technologies Office, in partnership with the Center for Advanced Energy Studies (CAES) and the Idaho National Lab (INL), invited both high school and university (undergraduate & graduate) teams to explore the future of geothermal energy and literally draw the heat beneath your feet. Teams of two to three members will research data, interpret information and design an infographic that tells a compelling story about the future of geothermal energy.  The winning teams in each category will receive $2,500.  The grand prize winner will receive $2,500 and a trip to the Geothermal Resource Council 40th Annual Meeting on Oct 23-26 in Sacramento, CA.

As of the March 1, 2016 closing date, the Geothermal Technologies Office (GTO) received an unprecedented 109 infographic submissions in this year’s Geothermal Design Challenge 2016.  The submitting teams come from over 30 states across the U.S., and represent an impressive range of schools, ages, and disciplines: high schools to graduate schools and design programs to engineering departments, under myriad interdisciplinary student-driven efforts and establishment-crafted curricula.

students in geothermal education earn national recognition and gain real-world experience 

   National Geothermal Student Competition

   Geothermal Case Study Challenge

scholarships promote breakthroughs in geothermal science 

   Geothermal Studies Scholarship


We also offer a number of stimulating educational products for K-12 students and educators. Watch for updates to these resources, and stop back to our site to see what's new!