Energy Explorations Academy

About Energy Explorations Academy

Energy Academy participants writing on a chalk board.

Energy Explorations Academy is a week-long day camp for current 9th grade students to investigate different forms of energy used in the world.

The program included working in labs and on activities in teams with the goal of learning about energy transformations in the laboratory and different forms of energy with labs and group exercises. Participants operated mini fuel cell cars, performed computer simulations to learn about light energy, replicated nuclear energy in half-lives via manipulatives, and created Hero’s Engines generated by steam.

The camp includes tours of Rice University and its facilities such as the Oshman Engineering Design Kitchen (OEDK). The campus tours are an important part of the program—here is an article about one from Rice University News & Media!

Energy Explorations Academy topics include fossil fuels, alternative energy sources, and fuel and solar cells.

Summer 2021 Energy Explorations Academy*

Energy Explorations Academy is a virtual program designed for current (2020-2021) 9th grade students and is being offered through a partnership with DiscoverU.

Applications are now closed.

Program Dates

June 14–June 18, 2021
10:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m.


Energy Explorations Academy is a virtual program designed for current (2020-2021) 9th grade students.

Space is very limited, therefore, completing the application process does NOT guarantee placement in the program.

Please Note: If accepted, there is a small $25 non-refundable fee that covers the cost of materials.

If you have any questions about the application contact

Program Benefits

Students receive:

  • materials for the labs,
  • online support,
  • virtual lab tours, and
  • opportunities to engage with Rice faculty!
Program Flyer

Below is copy of the Energy Explorations Academy flyer. You can access a PDF version for download using the following link.

Energy Explorations Academy Flyer

Energy Explorations Academy Administration

If you have any questions about Energy Explorations Academy, you can contact the program leads.

Carrie Obenland-Owens, Ph.D.
Associate Director for Outreach & Research
713-348-5648 |

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Contact Information

Telephone: (713) 348-8211
Fax: (713) 348-3825

Mailing Address

Office of STEM Engagement
Rice University
P.O. Box 1892, MS-7836
Houston, TX 77251-1892

Street Address

IBC Plaza Houston
5615 Kirby Dr.
Suite 730
Houston, TX 77005-2445