Humboldt State University

Schatz Energy Research Center

Education

Students are given a tour of a fuel cell vehicle.

The Schatz Center is an educational and research institute affiliated with the Environmental Resources Engineering (ERE) department at Humboldt State University (HSU). Our educational mission is to increase energy and environmental awareness and to offer people firsthand experience with clean energy technologies.

Outreach Program

Schatz Center staff and docents educate university students, K-12 classes, and the public about clean energy technologies. Our teaching techniques include interactive lectures, hands-on activities, games, and physical demonstrations tailored to fit the age and focus of the audience. We attend career fairs, speak as guest lecturers, and offer tours of our laboratory.

Curriculum Development

Schatz Center staff have a wide range of experience in curriculum development and implementation. From single lesson units on energy basics for 4th graders to university engineering courses in GRID technologies, we have developed and implemented energy-based activities, curriculum, and tools in the classroom with success. Some of our curricular projects include:

Educational Equipment and Interpretive Materials

Our education and outreach efforts make use of renewable energy equipment and interpretive materials developed and fabricated here at the Center. We have designed and built a number of fuel cell power systems for educational demonstrations and single-cell fuel cell kits for hands-on use in middle school, high school, and college science laboratory classes. We also design interpretive signs and brochures to educate the public about renewable energy.

Professional Development, Classes, Trainings, and Seminars

Schatz Center faculty teach courses on energy efficiency and renewable energy through Humboldt State's Environmental Resources Engineering program. We provide professional trainings and workshops to teachers, community members, and professional audiences locally and across the globe. And, in conjunction with HSU's Environment & Community Graduate Program, we host the Sustainable Futures Speaker Series, an interdisciplinary speaker series intended to stimulate cross-disciplinary discussion, debate, and collaboration around issues related to energy, the environment, and society.