Application deadline extended for inaugural Purdue Energy Camp

May 24, 2012

The application deadline has been extended to Tuesday (May 29) for incoming high school juniors and seniors and middle and high school science teachers in Indiana interested in participating this summer in the inaugural Purdue Energy Camp.

Students selected for the June 10-16 camp will participate free of charge, and teachers receive a $900 stipend for participating in the program organized by Purdue's Energy Center, which is focused on advancing research and learning in pursuit of alternative energy sources to fossil fuels.

The Purdue Energy Camp (PEC), which will accommodate 30 high school students and 15 middle and high school teachers, is titled Educating Students and Teachers Using Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) Disciplines.

Interested students and teachers must fill out an application form, which includes a 300-word essay about their understanding of energy and why they would like to participate in the Purdue Energy Camp. To download the application form, go to For additional questions, contact Laura Warner at 49-44555 or; or Jill Wable at 49-41610 or

During the weeklong camp, students and teachers will be assigned to teams and participate in daily activities along with their assigned team. On the final day, teams will present their projects to a judges' panel composed of professors and industrial sponsors who will choose the winners. Teachers also can develop energy curricula to enhance some aspect of their classroom offering.

Lead sponsors are the Duke Energy Foundation, Goldwind America, Green Tech America, Center for Coal Technology Research, the Purdue Energy Center and Discovery Park.

Teachers and students who are selected for the Purdue Energy Camp are responsible for their own transportation to and from the West Lafayette campus.

The Energy Center is part of the University's Global Sustainability Initiative, which was launched in Discovery Park to coordinate Purdue's research efforts in sustainability challenges such as climate change, energy, food security, the environment and water.