Energy Academy Overview

The Duke Energy Academy at Purdue is an intensive one-week program which aims to inspire high school students and teachers in energy sciences and engineering. The program features energy-themed lectures, tours, hands-on activities and research projects. Participation in the program is free of charge and teachers are paid additionally $400 as stipend.

Teacher Application Deadline Extended to February 19, 2017. Student Application Deadline Has Passed

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.

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