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Inaugural Purdue Energy Camp accepting applications

Purdue is offering an energy camp next month, for students and teachers.

The week-long event will highlight fossil fuels and renewable energy, as well as the increasing national and global demand.

Purdue Energy Center Director Maureen McCann says part of the mission is to raise awareness of the 50% increase in global consumption expected by 2030.

"Thinking about how we make a sustainable energy future that utilizes fossil fuels to their best advantage, helps extend their lifetime, but brings in transitions to sustainable and renewable forms for energy technology is very important.”

High school juniors and seniors are eligible, as well as middle and high school science teachers. They will be divided into teams, which will be given an energy project to complete during the week.

Organizers hope students become more interested in a science, technology, engineering and math discipline, and fields related to energy research, development, and delivery.

Chris Foster is the head of STEM engagement at Purdue’s Discovery Park. He says this provides a unique professional development experience for teacher through a major research university.

"For them, being able to talk to Purdue faculty, to hear about interesting topics that you can't really pull out of textbooks, or you'd have to work very hard to keep up with in the current literature, is a real opportunity.”

He says there is no cost to attend the camp, which runs June 10-16, thanks to a grant from the Duke Energy Foundation.

You can find more information about Purdue Energy Camp HERE.

EDITOR'S NOTE: THE CAMP REGISTRATION DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED TO MAY 29, 2012.