Registration deadline extended for this summer's Energy Academy at Purdue

February 5, 2013  

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The registration deadline for this summer's Energy Academy at Purdue has been extended to Feb. 15 for interested secondary school teachers and current high school sophomores and juniors throughout Indiana.

Purdue University's Energy Center is collaborating with electric utility Duke Energy Indiana to expand the Energy Academy at Purdue, which runs from June 16-22.

Participation is provided free of charge to those students and teachers selected. Teachers also will receive a $400 stipend for participating. Primary sponsors are the Duke Energy Foundation, as well as KidWind Project and Nokero.

Pankaj Sharma, Energy Center managing director, said teachers can develop energy curricula to enhance their classroom offerings. Grants also may be available to assist participating teachers in preparing a lesson plan on energy and STEM.

"We also hope the event will inspire students and teachers to launch energy clubs in their school," Sharma said.

Interested students and teachers must fill out an application form, which includes a 300-word essay "Why would you like to be a part of the Energy Academy and what are your expectations?" To apply online, go to

At the 2013 Energy Academy, students and teachers will be assigned to teams for daily activities, using STEM principles to formulate energy-related projects and hands-on research activities. They also will tour facilities and laboratories on campus and in the region, and engage in a policy debate on energy issues.

On the program's final day, each team will present results of their energy project to a panel of judges composed of professors and industrial sponsors. In turn, the judges will award certificates based on the merits of each presentation.

Participants will stay in campus residence halls and eat at on-campus dining halls. During the noon and evening meals, guest speakers will address energy-related topics of current interest. Students and teachers also will dine with professors and industry and government representatives, participating in open discussions about energy development issues and current events.

To request sponsorship information or more details about the academy, contact Jill Wable of the Purdue Energy Center, 765-494-1610,

The Energy Academy is organized by Purdue's Energy Center, a center in Discovery Park focused on advancing research and learning in pursuit of alternative energy sources to fossil fuels. The inaugural event last summer drew 20 students and 16 teachers from across the state.

The Energy Center is part of the university's Global Sustainability Institute, 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.

The institute also includes the Center for the Environment, the Purdue Water Community, the Purdue Climate Change Research Center and the Purdue Center for Global Food Security.

Writer: Phillip Fiorini, 765-496-3133,

Source: Pankaj Sharma, 765-496-7452,

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