PRISM Hosting Duke Energy Sustainability Energy Summer Institute

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Indiana high school environmental science and agriculture teachers will learn about sustainable energy through an intensive “boot camp” experience July 8-13 on campus. This free workshop is being provided through the institute’s Portal Resource for Indiana Science and Mathematics (PRISM) program, with support from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The Duke Energy Sustainable Energy Summer Institute will combine classroom and laboratory professional development with vocational experiences through projects featuring emerging alternative energies and off-campus visits to energy production facilities.

Teachers can still register for this summer’s workshop. Apply online at, then go to the main menu and click on Event Registration. Register through the Duke Energy Sustainable Energy Experience 2018 link.

Instruction will cover the following topics: U.S. power grid, energy conservation, solar and wind energy, coal-fired power plants and natural gas combined-cycle power plants.

Field visits are being planned to Duke Energy’s power plant in Cayuga, Ind., Northern Indiana Public Service Company’s power plant in West Terre Haute, Ind., the Indianapolis International Airport’s solar farm, and wind energy farms in Benton County.

During the course of the six-day workshop, teachers will develop academic standards-based, practical and comprehensive lessons to help their students learn about sustainable energies. Teachers also will receive a kit of materials for lab activities, an Apple iPad mini 4 and access to the Moodle learning management system.

There are no costs for teachers to participate in the workshop. Rose-Hulman will provide room and meals on campus. All participating teachers must reside in a Duke Energy service territory in Indiana, Duke Energy must be the primary electric service provider at the teacher’s home, and participating science and agriculture instructors must be planning to teach units on sustainable or alternative energies in the future.

Since late 2002, the PRISM program has provided interactive digital learning tools and professional development workshops for Indiana teachers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics areas. Learn more at

Duke Energy Indiana’s operations provide about 6,800 megawatts of owned electric capacity to approximately 820,000 customers in a 23,000-square-mile service area, making it the state’s largest electric supplier. Duke Energy is a Fortune 125 company traded on the New York Stock Exchange under the symbol DUK. More information about the company is available at

The Duke Energy Foundation provides philanthropic support to address the needs of the communities where its customers live and work. The foundation provides more than $30 million annually in charitable gifts. The foundation’s education focus spans kindergarten to career, particularly science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), early childhood literacy and workforce development. It also supports the environment and community impact initiatives, including arts and culture.