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Duke Energy Academy at Purdue

Inspiring future leaders in energy

June 22-28, 2014 - Applications to the Summer 2014 program are now CLOSED
Counselor positions are still open. Go to the 'Counselor' section on the 'About' page to apply
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Below you can find documents, images, videos and sponsors from the previous years' academies.


  1. Energy Literacy: Essential Principles and Fundamental Concepts for Energy Education (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_literacy.html) identifies seven Essential Principles and a set of Fundamental Concepts that, if understood and applied, will help individuals and communities make informed energy decisions.
  2. The Department of Energy’s Energy 101 Initiative (http://www1.eere.energy.gov/education/energy_101.html) provides a peer reviewed course framework for an interdisciplinary fundamentals of energy course using a systems-based approach that can be individualized by the nation’s universities and community colleges.
  3. K-12 Lesson Plans & Activities
  4. EERE Wind Office: Energy Basics/how wind turbines works with a really great widget/animation http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/wind_animation.html. They also have a great set of other wind energy basics multimedia http://www1.eere.energy.gov/wind/multimedia.html, and a wind 101 video http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tsZITSeQFR0&feature=youtu.be.
  5. EERE Solar Office: Great resources for teaching about solar including videos, graphics and animations. https://www.eeremultimedia.energy.gov/solar/
  6. Energy 101 videos from the U.S. Department of Energy. Short videos on a variety of energy related topics. http://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLACD8E92715335CB2&feature=plcp   The DOE also has a general video site that can be searched for other topics and energy related talks.  http://energy.gov/videos/
  7. The U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA) has an Energy Kids site (http://www.eia.gov/kids/) where you can find a wide range of activities for students and information about how teachers can put this site to use. They also have a lot of very useful data and analysis concerning energy on their main site (http://www.eia.gov/).
  8. BITES (Building, Industry, Transportation, and Electricity Scenarios) tool is an interactive framework that lets users explore the energy and carbon implications of altering the current U.S. energy profile. Using 'what-if' scenarios, users are able to adjust inputs to the electricity generation, buildings, industry and transportation sectors in order to compare outcomes to baseline reference cases. https://bites.nrel.gov/
  9. The NEED (National Energy Education Development) Project (www.need.org) has a large library of energy curriculum on a wide range of energy topics and is differentiated between primary, elementary, intermediate and secondary levels. Specific curriculum you will find useful can be found at the following site which sorts the curriculum according to subject. (http://www.need.org/Curriculum-Guides-by-Subject).
  10. The National Academies’ What You Need To Know About Energy (http://needtoknow.nas.edu/energy/) interactive website breaks energy up into Uses, Sources, Costs and Efficiency. This site is a reliable source for unbiased information and science related to energy. Links are provided for an Energy Quiz, Short Video, Glossary and the original reports from the National Academies about energy on which the website is based. The National Academies – YouTube channel is a great resource for energy and climate change short videos: http://www.youtube.com/user/nationalacademies.

Compiled by DaNel Hogan 2012-2013 Albert Einstein Distinguished Educator Fellow U.S. Department of Energy Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy