A year-long Professional Development Program for 8 – 12 grade science & technology teachers in NC’s Duke Energy service territories.

Eligible teachers must teach in schools located in either the Duke Energy Progress or Duke Energy Carolinas service territory. To see if your school is eligible click here and select the state of North Carolina.

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This year-long professional development opportunity for 8th – 12th grade science 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 and industry representatives to receive up-to-date content knowledge and engage in hands-on, inquiry-based activities designed to support student learning about energy.  Any 8th – 12th grade teacher who addresses energy in their teaching is eligible to apply; 8th grade and environmental science teachers are especially encouraged.  This program benefits new and experienced teachers.

Fellows will:

  • Connect and engage with a variety of scientists, industry professionals, and other science teachers.
  • Gain knowledge and collect resources that align with the NC Essential Standards for Science and integrate science and engineering practices outlined in the Next Generation Science Standards.

Fellows will receive:

  • Access to a peer learning network and current science content related to emerging energy issues and technologies.
  • Resources to support classroom integration of content, including over $250 worth of instructional materials to support hands-on STEM investigations.
  • Credit towards CEUs and the NC EE Certification Program.
  • Opportunity to attend the UNC Clean Tech Summit.
  • Support for sharing energy-related STEM instructional strategies and successes with other teaching professionals at the district, regional, state, and national levels.

Fellows will be expected to:

  • Be an 8th – 12th grade teacher at a North Carolina school located in a Duke Energy service territory.
  • Have access to a working Internet connection with audio capabilities during afternoon/evening hours for virtual share sessions (March 2020 and December 2020).
  • Be available to participate in ALL of the following:

Solar, Wind & Ocean Energy: A coastal weekend retreat in Manteo, NC ​​(March 13 & 14, 2020)
We’ll tour the Amazon Wind Farm and a utility-scale solar farm; we’ll visit the Coastal Studies Institute to learn about wave energy and Jennette’s Pier to conduct a wind energy program. Substitute teacher reimbursement provided for Friday, March 13; transportation provided to Manteo from Chapel Hill, overnight lodging and meals provided; mileage reimbursement for personal travel exceeding 60 miles round trip available.

Exploring the Future of the Electric Grid: A 3-day Summer Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill (July 14-16, 2020)
We’ll tour UNC’s co-generation plant and take an energy road trip to explore other local energy generation and research facilities. Lodging and meals provided; mileage reimbursement for personal travel exceeding 60 miles round trip available.

​At least one regional field trip (1/2 day or full-day experience) (April-December 2020)
Potential topics/excursions include hydropower, microgrids, woody biomass; substitute reimbursement and/or travel stipend provided.

To Apply:

The application period is now closed.

Program Contact:

Dana Haine
K-12 Science Education Manager

This program is sponsored by UNC-Chapel Hill’s Institute for the Environment with funding provided by the Duke Energy Foundation.