PARC Partnership

The ISP and the Photosynthetic Antenna Research Center (PARC) partner together to bring cutting-edge research to teachers throughout the St. Louis area.

About PARC

The Energy Frontier Research Center (EFRC) program is focused on the scientific groundwork needed to meet the global need for abundant, clean, and economical energy. Under the direction of Professor Robert Blankenship, the Lucille P. Markey Distinguished Professor of Arts and Sciences, Departments of Biology and Chemistry, Washington University (WUSTL) received an EFRC award effective August 1, 2009.


The most important step that our nation can take toward achieving future energy independence is to spark the imaginations and dreams of our young students. The integration of research with education and outreach is an essential aspect of PARC’s mission. The energy solutions of the future will depend on the identification, training, and support of our next generation of scientists. By offering education and outreach programs at the K-12, undergraduate, and graduate level, PARC will provide the academic community with a forum for access to expert knowledge.

Opportunities for K-12 Educators
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PARC offers free workshops on a variety of energy-related topics, including Makey Makey circuits, alternative fuels and more.


Free loaner kits are available to St. Louis area educators who participate in Hot Topics workshops.


A variety of energy-related instructional units are available to download by any educator in the St. Louis region or beyond.


Interested in identifying, training, and supporting our K-12 students to take on the challenges of energy independence? Apply to become a teacher leader!


Check out these useful links for bringing energy education into the classroom.