Our Mission Who We Are:

We are Education and Energy, a MN-based non-profit with the mission of providing educational opportunities that correspond with the 4 A’s of effective learning.


Approachable:

  • Our company offers a curriculum that deals heavily with topics in science and engineering, but we do not offer ANY so-called “STEM” programs. At E and E, we aim to take the word STEM out of our vocabulary. We believe STEM programs are those that frighten and deter students from becoming engaged with material that should both excite and challenge them.
  • Instead, we offer programs that attempt to explain science topics as they actually occur in human-life. We spend as much time explaining the context from which science topics arise as we spend working with quantitative problems that deal with the phenomena at hand. We believe this makes our material applicable to students from all educational backgrounds.

Accessible:

  • Our company offers a curriculum that deals heavily with topics in science and engineering, but we do not offer ANY so-called “STEM” programs. At E and E, we aim to take the word STEM out of our vocabulary. We believe STEM programs are those that frighten and deter students from becoming engaged with material that should both excite and challenge them.
  • Instead, we offer programs that attempt to explain science topics as they actually occur in human-life. We spend as much time explaining the context from which science topics arise as we spend working with quantitative problems that deal with the phenomena at hand. We believe this makes our material applicable to students from all educational backgrounds.

Affordable:

  • College is too expensive for us to ask parents to pay a ridiculous premium for a pre-college program that does not even offer college credit. Our seminar is made to facilitate college, but at the wrong price-point it can simply seem like an add-on to an already highly-priced service. Our first program is $300/student for 5-weeks.
  • We mitigate costs by thinking hard about what is necessary for our goals and what is not. We believe that institutions with high-performance equipment, PhD’d faculty, and a vibrant campus are all necessary for a worthwhile college experience. However, these things are not necessary for students to discover (or rediscover) a love for learning. That is why we rely heavily on student-made curriculum, and student-taught micro-courses for much of the backbone of our program.

Applicable:

  • Last and certainly not least. Our programs are designed by people who love what they’re learning about and can’t stop thinking about all the ways the content material is applicable to their everyday life. We want students to step back and think, “wait a minute? Is this the same Physics I was learning at school?” Yes it is!! And it’s the same kind of stuff you can study at a higher level.
  • We believe that you can fundamentally change how a student feels about a subject by presenting it in a new way; whether that subject is chemistry or history.
  • That’s also why we aim to include a hands-on learning component in all of our current and future programs. For instance, every student on our first program, the Light-Up Your Mind Summer Seminar (or LUYM for short) will be required to build his or her own solar backpack; that can be used to hold books, but also charge a battery using the sun’s energy and PV technology.
  • The success, or lack thereof, of every student project will depend on the student’s desire to work hard, spend time outside of class, and push through set-backs. We think this is the coolest lab you could ever imagine!