Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP)
About Climate LEAP
From 2009-2013, the UNC Institute for the Environment and the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center (MPSC) conducted a student science enrichment program, with support from the Burroughs Wellcome Fund. The Climate Leadership and Energy Awareness Program (Climate LEAP)engaged 168 rising 9th-12th grade students from Durham and Orange counties in interdisciplinary, hands-on and minds-on science and mathematics activities and in the development of science communication and leadership skills. This program was conducted in partnership with the Alliance for Climate Education and the UNC Department of Physics and Astronomy.
The goals of Climate LEAP were 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 participated in a free one-week, non-residential Summer Institute on the campus of UNC-Chapel Hill and at least three out of four half-day Saturday Academies during the school year. In addition, students conducted a climate change outreach project.<
For information about this program, please contact:
Dana Haine, Program Director
Chapel Hill, NC 27599