Nevada Robotics at DRI

In 2018, as part of the Tesla Education Investment, Nevada Robotics was established to provide state-wide professional development for educators to bring more CS-STEM to the classroom. To date, Nevada Robotics has hosted over 70 hands-on trainings and provides on-going support to schools and teachers in all corners of Nevada. Nevada Robotics has successfully trained over 2,000 teachers reaching 200,000 students in grades PK-12. The mission is to support robotics, drones, engineering, & computer science in PK-12 education: focusing on Title 1, rural, and reservation schools. The vision is for all students across Nevada to think creatively and solve complex problems through hands-on robotics education.

The Coding School

Free virtual and accredited courses in emerging tech (quantum computing and artificial intelligence)

United States Drone Soccer

Drone soccer is a thrilling indoor team sport played with radio controlled quadcopters in protective exoskeletons designed for collisions. Five player teams face off in a netted arena where they ram and block the opposing team to prevent them from scoring. But before pilots can compete they must first learn to build, program, fly, and repair high-performance drones, learning engineering skills towards exciting careers in aviation.

STEM Demonstrations

The Center for Energy Research team at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas has created solar-based kits designed to teach students about engineering, solar energy, and science. Our team would like to provide your students with the opportunity to use these educational kits and learn about the different ways that solar energy can be used.

We have a simple Fan & Light Kit designed to power fans and lightbulbs with a photovoltaic panel, a student-assembled Off-Grid Kit designed to power a battery that in return can power anything with a plug or USB, a student-assembled Water Heater Kit designed to heat up water through solar thermal energy, and a solar cell audio kit to learn the concepts of making circuits, converting light waves to electric waves and sound waves. This kit will show the students how sound is created and magnified by converting electric energy to light energy and then to sound waves.

Tech Trekker at UNLV

Our primary mission is to increase student exposure to and engagement in modern science and engineering tools in order to encourage students into high-demand STEM fields. Teachers can request equipment and Tech Trekker staff to visit their school up to three times per year. A wide range of science and engineering equipment is available, and teachers can choose to use the standards-aligned lessons associated with the equipment or come up with their own ideas to integrate the equipment into their classroom lesson. Tech Trekker is a free program for K-12 schools in the Las Vegas Valley.


CodeWizardsHQ is the leading online coding school for kids and teens ages 8-18. We deliver the most fun and effective live, online coding classes which are designed to give our students the programming knowledge, skills, and confidence to thrive in a digital world.

We offer both 12-week classes and 1-week summer camps.


At Learn2Code, students from top tier universities teach coding to kids in structured live online coding classes. We enable easy access to high quality beginner to advanced level coding lessons for kids. In Learn2Code classes, students write, test and debug code with an instructor over live video classes. The classes are held in private, semi-private or group environments. Learn2Code programs inspire creativity and confidence among kids, and hone their problem solving skills. Moreover, Learn2Code instructors are students of top tier universities who also serve as role models to further motivate the kids.

Regeneron Science Talent Search

The Regeneron Science Talent Search 2019 application is now open! High school seniors across the United States are invited to share their original research projects and apply to the nation’s oldest and most prestigious STEM competition, where they could win up to $250,000.

The top 300 scholars receive $2,000 each, and their schools also receive $2,000—that’s funding for STEM education in your community. Forty finalists will be invited to compete in the finals week competition in Washington, DC, all expenses paid. Every finalist receives at least $25,000 and if named in the top 10, could win between $40,000 and $250,000.

The application will close on Wednesday, November 14, 2018 at 8pm ET, but interested students are encouraged to open applications early in order to receive tips and reminders. There are no limits to the number of students who can enter from any school, region or state, and students may submit research from any year of high school. The program is free. Please email with any questions you may have about the application process.

Girls Who Code Clubs

Girls Who Code is the national non-profit that works to inspire, educate and equip girls with the skills to pursue 21st century opportunities. Our vision is to reach gender parity in computing and technology sectors.

Girls Who Code Clubs are free after-school programs for 6-12th grade girls to use computer science to impact their community and join our sisterhood of supportive peers and role models. Clubs meet 2 hours per week after school or on weekends during the academic year.

Clubs can be hosted in schools, universities, libraries, community centers, faith-based organizations, or nonprofits.

They are led by Facilitators, who can be teachers, computer scientists, librarians, parents, or volunteers from any background or field. Many Facilitators have NO technical experience and learn to code alongside their Club members.

Club girls are prepared for the future of work through the following pillars:

Sisterhood: Club girls join a safe and supportive environment of peers & role models and learn to see themselves as computer scientists. Beyond the Club, girls can tap into an alumni network of tens of thousands of girls across the country who are using computer science to solve problems they care about.

Code: Club girls learn the concepts of loops, variables, conditionals, and functions that form the basis for all programming languages — whether they want to build a website, an app, or a robot. Returning Clubs girls can deepen their programming knowledge through extended activity sets.

Impact: Club girls work in teams to design and build a Computer Science “CS” Impact Project that solves real world problems they care about through code.

For more information about our programs and how to join, please visit our website at or email Emily Ong, Community Partner Manager, at

Science Alive

Science Alive conducts education and outreach for the Desert Research Institute (DRI), a global scientific research and development institute under the Nevada System of Higher Education. The mission of Science Alive is to support pre-K-12 educators in science-based, environmental education by providing the tools, resources, and knowledge they need, so all students acquire the knowledge and skills needed to work, live and contribute in our community. Science Alive achieves our mission by providing inquiry based STEM Curriculum through our Green Boxes, offering Teacher Trainings and Workshops throughout the school year, and through School Support in the form of speakers, field trips, and special opportunities.