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The Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making (SUCCEED) was held this year on campus on July 8-12 for high school students and on July 15 and 16 for teachers. Supported by the Center for Climate and Environmental Decision Making (CEDM), SUCCEED connects students and teachers with EPP PhD students and faculty members through a variety of presentations, activities, and field trips. The program focused on developing familiarity with energy, environmental, and climate change topics.  

The program was a terrific success this summer: a record-breaking 34 students and 13 teachers participated and developed their familiarity with energy, environmental, and climate change topics.

The first part of the program welcomed a record-breaking 34 high school students. In addition to presentations and activities, this year’s program included trips to the Bruce Mansfield coal power plant, Chatham University’s Eden Hall campus, and the Energy Innovation Center. The students wrapped up the week by presenting final projects centered around decarbonizing the electricity sector.

13 middle and high school teachers participated in the second part of the program. The teachers came away with the knowledge and resources for developing focused lesson plans for their students.

The program was extremely successful this year and allowed participants to dig into the challenges facing energy and climate systems and explore potential steps forward.

SUCCEED – the Summer Center for Climate, Energy, and Environmental Decision Making – was founded in 2011 by Carnegie Mellon University’s Center for Climate and Energy Decision Making. SUCCEED includes two programs: a free 5-day summer program for rising 10th and 11th graders and a 2-day workshop for teachers.

The 5-day summer program for students complements what students learn about energy, climate change, and the environment in school. The program includes a variety of experiments and field trips in addition to interactive lessons. Photos from past student summer programs are available here.

The 2-day teacher workshop helps teachers incorporate information about energy and climate change into their curricula.