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About Energy LEAP

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP) is a FREE summer institute for high school students. During this program 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. Programming includes a mixture of hands-on activities, presentations and virtual field trips!

Energy LEAP topics include:

  • Combined heat and power
  • Electricity fundamentals
  • Electric vehicles
  • Energy conservation
  • Energy efficiency
  • Fossil fuels
  • Geothermal energy
  • Hydropower
  • Nuclear energy
  • Smart grid technology
  • Solar energy
  • Sustainable building design
  • Sustainable transportation
  • Wind energy
  • Connections between energy and society

Energy LEAP is FREE, and students will be provided with a $200 Visa gift card for completing the program.

Program Eligibility

Energy LEAP is open to rising 9th – 12th graders who attend any school in Alamance, Chatham, Durham or Orange counties. We encourage applications from students who are low-income or would be first-generation college students. Applicants must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents.


Details about the 2024 Energy LEAP program, including applications, will be posted to this webpage by March 31, 2024.

Program Contact

Grant Parkins,

Watershed Education Coordinator, Center for Public Engagement with Science

(919) 966-9802


Made Possible by:

Funding Source


  • UNC-Chapel Hill’s Department of Physics and Astronomy

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