Volunteers in the classroom

Powering Education

Tucson Electric Power is working to expand educational opportunities in Southern Arizona. Through partnerships with schools, nonprofit groups and other community organizations, TEP is helping teachers deliver compelling lessons, particularly in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) fields. We’re also preparing students for opportunities in the energy industry.


Children’s Museum Tucson – For more than 20 years, TEP and Children’s Museum Tucson have partnered to bring energy education to life through the Electri-city exhibit. TEP also sponsors the Power Up program, providing admission and transportation funding for field trips for Title I schools. Participating students receive a free pass to return to the museum with their families.

STEM Program at UA Tech Parks – Since 2011, TEP has sponsored the University of Arizona Tech Parks program, Racing the Sun. The program gives high school students hands-on learning experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) by building and racing solar-powered vehicles. About 200 students from more than a dozen schools participate in the program each year.

Teacher WorkshopsThrough a partnership with the Pima County School Superintendent’s STEMAZing program, TEP hosts STEM-based workshops for teachers. Teachers receive hands-on energy-related instruction, along with the materials they need to take the lessons back to their students.

Teachers in Industry Every summer, TEP hires teachers enrolled in the University of Arizona’s Teachers in Industry program and provides them with real-world industry experience that they can take back to their classrooms in the fall.

InternshipsTo help prepare the next generation of leaders, TEP invests in today’s youth by providing internship opportunities to high school and college students. TEP works in cooperation with the San Miguel Corporate Internship Program, the University of Arizona, Pima Community College and a number of technical and specialized training programs throughout the region.

Get into Energy! Electric Utility Technology Program – Students take two semesters of classes at Pima Community College to better prepare them for TEP craft internships and pre-apprenticeship programs. Some students who excel in the program bypass internships and are hired directly by TEP.

TEP's Educational Impact by the numbers

14,000 students reached each year through TEP’s in-classroom energy programs

1.16 gigawatt-hours of potential energy savings through the Bright Students program

$1.147 million in rebates to schools for energy efficiency measures in 2017

$469,000 contributed to education-related organizations in 2017

90% increase in STEM teacher retention rates for teachers participating in the Teachers in Industry program

50 college interns work in a variety of departments throughout TEP