FAQ

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  • 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 2017 with a GPA of at least 3.0, connected to at least one of the STEM disciplines and all secondary school teachers (with valid teaching license) 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 January 15, 2017.
  • 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 18, 2017 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 2017 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 emailed 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 18th, 2017. Please email energyacademy@purdue.edu 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?
    • Dress code is casual. 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 under the Resources tab. 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 6:15 am to prepare for the day. At night, students must be in their rooms and ready for bed by 10:30 pm.
  • 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 or on separate floors 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, such as visiting the Cordova Recreational Sports Center, playing games, or working on group projects. If there is extra time after 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 energyacademy@purdue.edu 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. This does not include travel and transportation costs to the Purdue University West Lafayette, Indiana campus.
  • 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 middle of April, 2017. 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.
  • What will the program look like?
    • Please see last year's agenda under the "Resources" tab. Possible activities include: tours, talks, demonstrations, hands-on laboratory experiences, group projects, group discussions, presentations, and reports.
  • Is there a way I can follow what my student is doing during the Academy?
    • Yes. Updates and photographs will be uploaded after each day of the Academy to our Facebook page, The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue. You can also follow the Academy on Twitter @EnergyAcademyPU for updates as well.
  • What should participants bring with them to the Academy?
    • In addition to the basic necessities for living on campus for a week, participants may also want to bring clothing/swimwear for the Cordova Rec Center and a laptop for work on group projects (though it is not necessary as computer lab time is scheduled). Long pants and close-toed shoes will be necessary on certain tours and demonstrations.
  • Who are the Academy counselors?
    • Counselors are Purdue undergraduate and graduate students here to help students thrive at the Academy. Not only will the counselors assist students in activities and projects, but they can also provide great information and share personal experiences about Purdue University.
  • What is the residence hall like?
    • Information will be sent regarding which residence hall participants will reside during the Academy. Additional information may be found by visiting the Purdue Residence Hall page at http://www.housing.purdue.edu/Housing/Residences/index.html. Here you can see the room layout and even take a virtual tour of the hall.
  • Will teachers and students be working together?
    • Teachers and students will participate in all of the day activities together and will be encouraged to work together during activities. There will be a few instances in which teachers and students will not be working together during the Academy.
  • Is the Academy fun?
    • Of course! Participants will spend the week learning about STEM-related energy topics through engaging lectures, tours (to facilities such as a wind farm, propulsion lab, and nuclear reactor), laboratory projects, and hand-on activities. In addition, participants will also have the chance to experience Purdue University through fun activities like spending time at the Co-Rec, going on the famous “fountain runs,” and eating in some of the nation’s best dining courts.
  • What is a ‘Teacher lesson plan’?
    • To minimize stress and pressure during the academy, teachers are encouraged to begin work on their lesson plans before attending the academy as the academy is fast-paced and participants might not have enough time to complete.
  • Can I decide which project group to belong?
    • No. Projects are assigned to participants randomly. Participants are encouraged to keep an open mind and embrace their project area to learn more the specific area of research.
  • Who pays for my transportation 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 your acceptance letter.
      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.

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