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Energy Summer Institute at UW Begins June 19

June 16, 2016
three teen girls and one man outside with small solar cars
Cody DeBoer, a School of Energy Resources undergraduate student from Laramie; Skye Bensel, from Sheridan; Megan Holland, from Fort Collins, Colo.; and Taylor Delaney, from Casper, race solar cars they built during the 2015 Energy Summer Institute. (Samuel Mallory Photo)

Twenty students from Wyoming and two other states will engage in energy-related, hands-on activities during the Energy Summer Institute at the University of Wyoming June 19-24.

Sponsored by the UW School of Energy Resources (SER), the annual Energy Summer Institute offers experiences designed to fire students’ imaginations related to challenging energy issues facing the world. Participating students are incoming sophomores and juniors in high school.

“The School of Energy Resources is committed to providing students with a well-rounded experience that provides opportunities for STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) learning, youth development and increased energy literacy,” says Sarah Ramsey-Walters, SER’s K-12 energy education coordinator.

The Energy Summer Institute provides several energy-related sessions that guide students through hands-on learning activities. Instructors are graduate students from the departments of Physics and Astronomy, and Chemistry in the College of Arts and Sciences; and the departments of Chemical Engineering and Petroleum Engineering in the College of Engineering and Applied Science. In addition, the students will learn from specialists with the Enhanced Oil Recovery Institute and SER.

The students will learn about electrical generation, combustion, solar energy, petroleum engineering and 3-D visualization.

Throughout the week, the students will learn about opportunities at UW and participate in extracurricular activities. They will learn to rock climb at Vedauwoo with instructors from UW’s Outdoor Program, and they will explore the science behind geocaching with Alan Buss, an associate professor in the College of Education. To gain a perspective of electrical generation with a coal-fired power plant, the students will tour the Laramie River Station in Wheatland.

“The Energy Summer Institute offers an exceptional and unique experience to students by drawing upon the expertise of faculty, staff and graduate students across campus,” Ramsey-Walters says. “Students can experience life at UW and engage in activities unique to this area.”

Participating students, listed by their hometowns, are:

Brush, Colo. -- Nathaniel Miner.

Centennial -- Bethany Williams and Elijah Williams.

Cheyenne -- Joel Kelsey.

Fort Bridger -- Maddison Bindl.

Fort Collins, Colo. -- Elaina Martin, Nehal Patel and Pratik Patel.

Green River -- Jacob Angelovich, Samantha Hardin, Cruz Lucero and Josh Mattson.

Lafayette, Colo. -- Daniele Reardon.

Laramie -- Helena Bryant, Jordan De Young, Caitlin Huang and Megan McFate.

Lone Tree, Colo. -- Ngwena Mancho.

Richmond, Va. -- John Brennan.

Wheatland -- Cole James.

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