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8-12 Grade Students

How we serve 8-12 Grade Students

We offer several youth science enrichment programs that provide middle and high school students with opportunities to engage in hands-on learning in environmental science, address locally relevant environmental issues and explore pathways to environmental STEM college and career options.


students building wind turbine

Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (LEAP)

During this free science enrichment program, high school students conduct hands-on and minds-on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) activities to examine society’s current use of energy and the technological solutions that will support a low-carbon future.

Five teens on a boat

GEO Explorers

A one-week geoscience-focused summer institute during which middle and high school youth explore the hydrology of Eastern North Carolina from local river basins to the ocean, learning about climate impacts and solutions in their local community and investigating geoscience careers along the way.

three students monitor water quality in a stream in the woods.

Geoscience and Environmental Health Internships

This high school student science enrichment program is a partnership between the UNC-Chapel Hill Institute for the Environment, UNC-Pembroke, and Robeson Early College High School. This program is free for students; financial support is provided by Burroughs Wellcome Fund.

Youth in the Teen Climate Ambassador program create a model climate resilient city using cardboard.

YES Resilience: SEE Solutions

A multi-site project to support informal educators and diverse youth in developing locally relevant solutions to climate impacts in their communities, fostering youth environmental health literacy for climate resilience.

Made Possible by:

Funding Source

  • Burroughs Wellcome Fund
  • Duke Energy Foundation
  • National Science Foundation


  • Duwamish River Community Coalition
  • Juntos NC
  • NC Museum of Natural Sciences
  • NC Museum of Natural Sciences at Greenville & Contentnea Creek
  • Robeson Early College High School
  • UNC-Chapel Hill Department of Physics and Astronomy
  • UNC-Pembroke
  • University of Washington Center for Exposures, Disease, Genomics, and Environment