A year-long teacher professional development program for grades 8-12 science and 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.

Program Information

This professional development opportunity will showcase 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 will 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.

Connect with other teachers! 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 will benefit new and experienced teachers!

Construct new 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.

Receive numerous benefits including:

  • access to current science content related to emerging energy issues and technologies
  • resources to support classroom integration of content
  • over $250 worth of instructional materials to support hands-on STEM investigations
  •  access to a peer learning network (2017 and 2018 Fellows)
  • credit towards CEUs and the NC EE Certification Program
  •  opportunity to attend the UNC CLEAN TECH Summit in Feb 28-March 1, 2019
  •  support for sharing your energy-related STEM instructional strategies and successes with other teaching professionals at the district, regional, state and national level.

Prospective Applicants MUST:

  • 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 2019 and December 2019)
  • Be available to participate in ALL of the following:

Solar, Wind & Ocean Energy: A coastal weekend retreat in Manteo, NC ​​(March 15 & 16, 2019)
Substitute reimbursement provided Friday March 15th; lodging and meals provided;
transportation from UNC-Chapel Hill will be available;
mileage reimbursement for travel exceeding 60 miles round trip.

Exploring the Future of the Electric Grid: A 3-day Summer Institute at UNC-Chapel Hill (June 25-27, 2019)
Lodging and meals provided; mileage reimbursement for travel exceeding 60 miles round trip.

At least one regional program intended to connect 2017-2019 cohorts (April – December, 2019)
1/2 day or full day experience; sub reimbursement or stipend provided upon completion of event);
potential topics/excursions include: hydropower, microgrids, woody biomass.

Program Contact

Dana Haine, K-12 Science Education Manager
dhaine@unc.edu | 919-843-5735


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