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About Energy LEAP

The Energy Literacy, Engagement and Action Program (Energy LEAP) 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!

This student science enrichment program is administered by the UNC Institute for the Environment and is conducted in partnership with UNC’s Department of Physics and Astronomy. Financial support for this program is provided by the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Energy LEAP program will take place from July 27-31, 2020 on UNC’s campus.

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

This non-residential summer institute will take place from 9AM – 4PM daily with refreshments and lunch provided. This program is free; students will receive a $150 Visa Gift Card for successfully completing all five days of the summer institute.

Program Eligibility

Energy LEAP is open to rising 9th – 12th graders who attend any school in Alamance, Chatham, Durham or Orange counties. Females and minorities under-represented in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers are especially encouraged to apply.


The application period is now closed.

What You Should Know Before Applying

Program Contact

Grant Parkins, Program Director | 919-966-9802