Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP)

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program is a FREE, week-long summer institute for high school students that takes place on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill. 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 field trips! For more information, contact Grant Parkins at

Energy Literacy Fellows Program

This year-long professional development program for teachers showcases current energy science, technologies and careers to enhance Energy Literacy Fellows’ ability to deliver energy-related content, conduct STEM-based activities and promote STEM career opportunities to students. Fellows interact with diverse scientists, engineers and industry representatives to receive up-to-date, curriculum-relevant content and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to support learning about the science of energy.

Since 2009, over 850 North Carolina teachers have participated in energy-related professional development workshops made possible with funding from the Progress Energy Foundation (2009-2013) and the Duke Energy Foundation (2014 to present). For more information, contact Dana Haine at