The Virtual Exploring Energy Program empowers educators and students by encouraging them to delve into the energy industry and its many career fields through a variety of video showcases, virtual tours, and virtual visits to the classroom by respected professionals. 

The IPAA Energy Workforce Education Center Exploring Energy Program was launched in January 2021. There are over 120 videos available with more being added every month! We now have more than 25,000 students representing 93 cities and towns across the country.

Last updated on September 26, 2022.


Students have watched our videos!

One Click to All of Our Energy Videos!

Click here to enter your information and receive the password necessary to view any of the video showcases below.

Register using the link above and you’ll receive the showcases password. We are confident that the content you can access will help bridge your district’s goals and objectives to real life energy concepts.

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Virtual Exploring Energy STEM Competition

Encourage your students to participate in our Virtual Exploring Energy STEM Competition

When: Monday, March 6 from 5 to 8 pm at no charge to students

Why Compete?

Students will…

  • Be better prepared when applying for a job and college
  • Be a more persuasive communicator
  • Demonstrate creativity, teamwork, and problem-solving skills
  • Enhance their communication skills and gain confidence
  • Build their resume
  • Receive a professional certificate
  • Have the opportunity to win large cash prizes


1st place team of 4: Each student receives $500.00

2nd place team of 4: Each Student receives $300.00

3rd place team of 4: Each student receives $200.00

About the Competition

  • Students will register on their own and can choose teams of 3-4
  • Students can be from the same school or different schools, but all must work together as a team to design the energy community of the future and participate in the final presentation
  • The presentation of the energy community of the future design on March 6th is virtual so each participant will need access to a computer and internet connection
  • Students will demonstrate professional presentation, teamwork, leadership, and problem-solving skills
  • Students will apply engineering skills and diplomacy as they design and present an energy community of the future
  • Projects must be completed in advance; presentations are in real-time online on March 6th in front of peers and professionals

How It Works

  • Online student team registration is now open and will close on March 3rd
  • Students that have registered attend, present, and vote at the virtual competition on March 6, 2022, from 5:00 to 8:00 pm CT
  • Each team will produce a 5-to-7-minute presentation and answer up to 3 questions about their energy of community of the future design
  • A panel of judges and peers review the presentations and choose the top 3 teams
  • Winners will be announced at the end of the competition
  • 3 top teams receive cash prizes

Additional Details…

  • All participants receive a professional certificate of involvement for their resume
  • Click here for student flyer
  • To register click here
  • If you have any questions on the competition, contact Sarah Castro at

Join our National Energy Academy!

High School students can join the National Energy Academy where high school students will meet other like-minded classmates from around the country and learn about the energy industry from industry professionals.


  • Resume Builder
  • College Application Builder
  • Connection to a professional organization
  • First to hear about scholarships and opportunities
  • Will be part of a LinkedIn group that will have continued connections within the industry
  • Virtual competitions will be announced during the meetings which have substantial cash prizes
  • Students will receive a professional certificate in May 2023 if they attend 5 of the 7 meetings. Alternate assignments can be completed if a student needs to miss a meeting.

Student registration is easy, simply have your students fill out this media release form and email it to Sarah Hewitt. Alternatively, they can fill it out online, if that is easier. Sarah will then send them an invitation to the Zoom meeting the week before the meeting.

IPAA will keep attendance. If you want to use this club as an assignment, please contact Sarah Hewitt to find out who participated

For questions on the Exploring Energy program, contact Sarah Hewitt at

Congratulations to Our Prize Recipients & Those Who’ve Completed Our Certificate Program!

If you’d like to add your picture to our carousel of winners, email it to

Because of our generous sponsors, we are able to offer this nationwide program, and all of its components, FREE OF CHARGE!

Click here for Additional Sponsors


Join us in supporting educators and thousands of high school students by sponsoring this free and accessible program and by also providing short videos for teachers to use in their classrooms.

Together we will continue to educate tomorrow’s energy workforce

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