Duke Energy Academy at Purdue
Inspiring future leaders in energy
June 21-27, 2015 - Applications are now being accepted for the summer 2015 program. DEADLINE: Jan. 18, 2015
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About the Academy
The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue for High-Achieving Students and Outstanding Science Teachers
By 2030, the global demand for energy will have increased by 50% based on the predicted human population increase. A secure energy future, both in the United States and abroad, needs solutions that come from a diverse energy portfolio. Unfortunately, we face a national crisis in the number and quality of students entering the STEM disciplines that will have a future impact on our nation’s ability to lead the world in the energy sector. To address these issues, Purdue University has launched an Energy Academy to inspire high school students and teachers in energy sciences and engineering. Participation is provided free of charge to the 42 participating students and 42 teachers. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend. The Energy Academy at Purdue will:
- Conduct a week-long course in summer on STEM-related energy topics areas of power generation, transportation, power transmission, energy efficiency and new research frontiers
- Lectures: Guest speakers from Purdue, industry, and government will address energy-related topics of current interest and actively engage participants in open discussions.
- Tours: Examples include visit to a coal plant, wind/solar farm, nuclear reactor, waste digester, propulsion and smart-metering laboratory.
- Projects: A few student teams will work on energy-related research projects (hands on) based on STEM disciplines while others will participate in a team-based energy policy debate challenge. Teachers will develop STEM-based lesson plans that may be used as teaching modules for their classrooms.
- Hands-on and demonstration: Examples include role of catalysts, wind turbine and solar challenge, energy storage, electricity distribution and transmission.
- Provide resources and incentives to promote teacher and student activities in continuous engagement
- The lecture notes, and PowerPoint slides will be posted on the web site for future reference.
- The Energy Academy is developing a web site where students and teachers will find many other energy related educational resources including simulation & modeling tools in understanding and designing better energy systems.
- The Energy Academy will encourage and assist students & teachers to launch energy clubs in their schools.
- A selected number of teachers will be asked to return to Purdue campus to share their experience in designing and delivering energy lessons in their class rooms.
Am I eligible for the academy?
The academy is open to all high school students who will be in the 11th or 12th grade by fall 2014 with a GPA of at least 3.0, connected to at least one of the STEM disciplines and all secondary school teachers that teach in any STEM disciplines. Preference will be given to applicants from Duke, IN serviced territories.
When is the application deadline?
The application deadline is February 16, 2014.
What are expectations from the academy?
The academy thrives in inspiring students/teachers with emphasis on scholarship of learning. The program/schedule is rigorous/intensive and teachers/students are expected to actively participate and contribute to richness of collective and individual learning.
How long is the academy?
The academy lasts seven (7) days.
When do I arrive at the academy?
All participants are expected to arrive by 1pm EST on Sunday June 22, 2014 at the designated residential hall for check in.
How will I get to the academy?
Participants are responsible for transportation to and from the academy. For travel directions to Purdue, click here. Exact location to arrive for registration will be notified in April/May 2014 to selected participants.
For out-of-state applicants that will be flying in, the following two companies provide ground transportation from both the Indianapolis and Chicago Airports to the Purdue Memorial Union on the Purdue University West Lafayette Campus.
What forms do I need to submit in order to attend?
All participants must submit an application, health history form, and sign a photo release form in addition to other release forms/waivers that may be associated with activities/tours that will be engaged in while on campus. All relevant forms will be mailed to participants once they have been selected for the academy.
How can I cancel my attendance?
All cancellations must be made at least 3 weeks prior to June 22nd, 2014. Please email email@example.com to cancel. We encourage participants to withdraw only in unusual circumstances. We suggest selected participants not to accept offer if they have doubts so that spot could be given to another participant.
Where will participants reside on campus?
All participants will be housed in one of Purdue's residential halls.
Must I stay on campus?
All students must stay in the residential hall while attending the one week course. Teachers who choose not to stay in the provided housing will do so at their own expense.
Where do I go for meals during the academy?
All meals are provided free of charge.
What if I have dietary restrictions/allergies?
If you have any restrictions/allergies, please indicate that on the health history forms. On the first day of academy, bring this to the attention of your counselor. The dining courts can accommodate any dietary restrictions.
What is the dress code for this academy?
Please have cool clothing for the summer weather. Bring at least one pair of long pants (past ankles), and comfortable closed toed shoes (for tours and demonstrations). In addition, we will be providing safety goggles and disposable lab coats that must be used during hands-on activities, experiments, and projects.
What type of activities will I be involved in?
For examples of activities, please see last year's schedule. Possible activities include: tours, talks, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiences, group projects, group discussions, presentations, and reports.
Do I have to attend all sessions and all seven days of academy?
Students are required to attend 100% of all scheduled activities. Teachers may choose not to participate in extracurricular evening activities, but must otherwise attend all activities.
Where can I learn more about this academy?
To learn more about this academy, please go to the about page.
What is the discipline policy for this academy?
Most matters are minor and will be handled by academy counselors, directors, and other heads. In cases where disciplinary matter is serious or reoccurring, the parents will be contacted and asked to take part in the resolution. Bullying, stealing, drugs/alcohol, and disrespectful behavior are not tolerated.
How are participants supervised during the day?
Participants will be supervised by academy counselors throughout the day.
How are participants supervised at night?
Male and female students will be in opposite wings of the residence hall and will be supervised by same sex counselors. Counselors and residence hall assistants will also make rounds to make sure all students are in their assigned rooms.
When do students wake up/go to bed?
Students will be awakened by counselors by 6:15am to prepare for the day. At night, students must be in their rooms and ready for bed by 10:30pm.
What if my child needs medical care?
The residence hall is prepared for any type of emergency. Purdue University has its own medical facility and will respond immediately to emergencies. Parents will be notified by a member of the academy staff if their child has been in the health center overnight, placed on prescription medicine, or taken off campus to emergency room or hospital.
How safe is the academy’s location?
The academy's location is very safe. Primary tours and place of residence will be located on Purdue University's campus. Purdue University is equipped with its own police force which monitors the campus day and night. Residence halls have a lock down policy at 11:00pm, in which one cannot enter the building without special admittance. During the night, residence hall assistants make rounds to make sure all students are in their assigned rooms.
What is the best way to communicate with my child during the academy?
Students are allowed to use the following items at the appropriate times: cell phones, computers, etc. During tours, talks, presentations, project time, discussions, and demonstrations students are not allowed the use of any electronic devices. If at any time a parent cannot obtain contact with their child, academy counselors are readily available at any time by phone or email. Contact details of counselors will be made available to parents on request.
How are rooms assigned?
Male and female students are housed on opposite wings in the residence hall. Within the appropriate wings, each student will be paired up with another student at random. Switching rooms is not allowed. Each student is assigned one room and must stay in that room. If any problems arise, please contact one of the academy counselors to help address the issue.
How are students/teachers transported?
During the academy, most campus sites are accessible by walking. For off campus trips, transportation will be provided by the university.
What about rainy days?
The majority of the academy, activities will be in indoors facilities. For the activities that do take place outdoors, appropriate alternatives will be arranged.
What do students/teachers do in the evening?
After dinner, extracurricular activities are scheduled including work on projects. If project work is completed, students may be allowed to visit the game rooms in their residence hall.
I will like to contribute to the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. What do I need to do?
To contribute in cash or in kind to the Duke Energy Academy at Purdue, please visit our sponsorship page or contact by email firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (765) 494-1610.
How much does it cost to attend the academy?
Due to generous donations and a grant from Duke Energy Foundation, Indiana, the academy is free for all participants.
What if I submitted the wrong application (teacher vs. student)?
It is the applicant’s responsibility to complete and submit the appropriate application before the registration due date or the application will be rejected.
When will I know if my application was accepted/declined?
You will receive an email confirmation (accepted or declined) with the necessary information latest by April 15, 2014.
If application was accepted, please RSVP to accept or reject within seven (7) days. No response will result into possible cancellation/withdrawal and offer will be given to next person on waiting list.
Will I have access to TV and internet in my room?
No. There is neither internet access nor TV in the rooms. These are however available in the common areas of the residential hall where participants will be staying.
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Counselors for our program will include Purdue junior/senior-undergraduate and graduate students who are studying STEM related disciplines. Counseling in this program is stimulating, challenging and rewarding, and provides a unique opportunity to gain experience learning about energy, interacting with the high school students as well as teachers. The live-in setting also provides a rich environment for developing interpersonal skills, leadership skills, and exploring self-growth. Day and night shifts are available. If you are not available from May 19 to June 21 and also unable to be present all days, from June 22-28, 2014, please do not apply.
Counselors will earn a base salary (fixed amount one time) of $650 for day shift (7:00 a.m. - 6 p.m.) or $450 for night shift (5:00 p.m. - 8:00 a.m.) for the academy duration. Free room and board during the program is also provided. All counseling positions/responsibilities begin with training sessions on the Saturday before the program starts and end when the last student in your counseling group leaves for home, around 1 p.m. on the final Saturday. Selected applicants are expected to attend several planning sessions prior to the beginning of the one week program to get familiar with the academy activities (hours spent in attending planning sessions will be renumerated at $7.25/hr). They are also expected to participate in all activities in-town and out-of-town during the one week program.
A comprehensive list of counselor duties and expectations follows: EA Counselor Duties and Expectations.
Purdue University is an equal opportunity employer
The volunteer position is non paid, but with more flexibility relative to the student counselor position. Volunteers work with academy officials, student counselors and participants in the following activities: registration, inauguration/closing ceremony, hands-on activity, group projects, and other miscellaneous activities.
Volunteers will also be eligible to receive academy materials/souvenirs and meals will be provided during active sessions.
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