Students from the Houston Independent School District’s new Energy Institute High School, a magnet school for energy careers, spent Wedneasday, August 6, at the University of Houston for an introduction to renewable energy, sponsored by UH Energy. The camp closed with students building solar-powered cars and racing them on a track behind the University’s Athletics/Alumni Center.
Students at the school, which opened in fall 2013, can focus on one of three tracks: geosciences, offshore technology and alternative energy. The morning sessions of the camp focused on giving students more information about renewable energy from both UH faculty and graduate students, as well as people from industry and NASA, said Ramanan Krishnamoorti, chief energy officer at UH.
A first camp for students at the Energy Institute was held at UH on July 31. The camps are just one of the ways UH Energy works with the energy magnet high school, Krishnamoorti said.