Since 2009, we have conducted the Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP), a student science enrichment program designed to engage high school students in interdisciplinary, hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities and in the development of science communication and leadership skills. The program, developed in conjunction with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC) and with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund has to date engaged 168 rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties. Climate LEAP is conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education and the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The goals of Climate LEAP are to:
- increase students’ knowledge and understanding of climate change science and the solutions proposed to address climate change;
- nurture student enthusiasm for science and mathematics;
- increase student interest in science careers; and
- provide an opportunity for students to communicate their knowledge to others.
Students participate in a free one-week, non-residential Summer Institute on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and multiple Saturday Academies during the school year. In addition, students are invited to conduct a community outreach project.
Applications for the 2014-2015 Climate LEAP will be available online in early Feb 2014.
For information about this program, please contact:
Dana Haine, Program Director
Chapel Hill, NC 27599