Energy program aims to inspire high school students

High school students and teachers participate in energy academy.
High school students and teachers participate in energy academy.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) – A weeklong program brings high school students and teachers from across the country to Purdue’s campus.

About 50 high school students and 30 teachers are taking part in the Duke Energy Academy. Most of the participants are from Indiana, while others traveled from as far as South Carolina, Florida and Nevada.

The program aims to inspire more students into the fields of science, technology, engineering and math.

Academy director Pankaj Sharma said he wants the program to challenge students to figure out some of the world’s energy problems.

“We want to inspire them to see that there is a big grand challenge. Energy is a grand challenge. They need to be thinking of solving the grand challenge beyond their discipline,” said Sharma.

The academy is in it’s third year.

This year’s program is being funded by Duke Energy, which allows students and teachers to participate for free. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language, off topic, or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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