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About Climate LEAP

Since 2009, the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP) has engaged approximately 200 rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties. During this program students engage with scientists and educators and conduct hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities to examine the interconnected topics of climate and energy as well as the current and emerging solutions designed to move us toward a low carbon future. The program is administered by the UNC Institute for the Environment with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. Climate LEAP is conducted in partnership with the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy.

The goals of Climate LEAP are to:

  • Increase student competence in science and mathematics by examining the interconnected topics of climate and energy;
  • Increase student enthusiasm for science and mathematics by showing how the above topics are relevant to their daily lives;
  • Increase student interest in science careers by highlighting the diversity of career opportunities and emphasizing emerging science and technology careers; and,
  • Provide an opportunity for students to communicate their scientific knowledge to others through completion of a student-facilitated action project.

Students participate in a free one-week, non-residential Summer Institute on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and at least four academic year follow-up activities to be held on Saturdays and during teacher workdays or early release days. In addition, students are supported in their pursuit of an optional action project in an effort to develop their leadership and science communication skills.

Apply to the 2016-2017 Program

2016-2017 Program Brochure
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Program Contact

Dana Haine, Program Director | 919-843-5735