An opportunity to design the future of sustainability through youth activism.
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What's the big idea?

The Puranik Foundation is sponsoring the next generation of global innovators with the inauguration of a 2022 Global Service Leadership Internship for students at the celebrated Energy Institute High School (EIHS) in Houston’s third ward. These high performing students, many from Houston’s economically disadvantaged communities, will be offered an exciting challenge to co-create sustainable innovations to benefit the City of Houston. Students will form teams to learn design thinking methodology and work together to design innovative alternative energy approaches to sustaining areas in solar, wind, agriculture, building materials, water purification and biofuel. One innovation will be awarded a $15k grant for implementation of a prototype to demonstrate at a location in Houston, Texas.

Hosted in collaboration with the Energy Institute High School, a faculty member of the at Stanford University, Junior Achievement, the Puranik Foundation and executive students at Rice University have the opportunity to serve as mentors of high school students who are designing the future of sustainability in Houston TX.

Course Curriculum

Holistic Perspective (Puranik Foundation)

Puranik Foundation brings a integrated approach for the next generation to lead the future they want to create by impacting the self, community, and environment

Alternative Energy 101 (EIHS)

Energy Institute High School will introduce alternative energy to students giving them a baseline understanding of energy consumption, limitations, and technological advancements.

Design Thinking (Ariel Raz)

Ariel Raz, a lecturer at the Stanford, leads the design thinking curriculum to introduce students to out-of-thebox thinking and methodologies.

Prototyping (TXRX Labs)

TXRX Labs will assist students to prototype, build and execute ideas and bring them to life, creating functional models of student projects.

University Mentors (Rice University)

Rice University’s Jones Graduate School of Business MBA students will mentor groups and guide students, helping them understand and excel in communication, collaboration, leadership, and project management.

Business Plan & Pitch (Junior Achievement)

Junior Achievement helps students transform their ideas and prototypes into business plans by introducing students to entrepreneurship 101 and leadership skills.

For questions please call +1 832 806 1317 or email [email protected]


2022 Energy Project Student Groups

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Energy Project-Alternative Power Generation Group

Elijah Gonzales, Victoria Long, Julian Hobday Urban Wind Farms is making vertical axis wind turbines with solar panels attached to harness both wind and solar energy. It uses both solar and wind power as ways to draw power, it is urban-friendly, and it can help support low-income families.

Energy Project-Sustainable Water Use Group

Alyssa Landry, Kajal Zachariah, Nils Triplett WaterWorks is a customizable water recapture system that is designed to work with all plants to help consumers minimize water consumption.

Energy Project-Urban Design Group

Sruthi Zachariah, Anthony Walker, Noah Baker Our company, GHOST (Gondolas of Houston’s Sustainable Transportation), is developing a better means of transportation to help Houstonians maintain mobility in highly congested areas by providing an enjoyable, dynamic, and dependable travel experience.

Energy Project-Sustainable Consumption Group

Alexander Hernandez, Otto Mallinson, Brendan Kaiser Karot uses your fish-best friends to help grow produce and decorative flora using an affordable, water- sustainable, and beautiful home aquaponics system. Our product is a PVC-based aquaponics system that attaches to your home aquarium, recycling the waste from your fish to fertilize the plants, letting both your fish and plants grow healthier, faster, and tastier.

Energy Project-Waste Management Group

Keira Boone, Alex Rashidian Our company, Prototype Greens, is developing an algae- based air scrubber and biodiesel system to help small to large companies and real estate developers produce less CO2 emissions and claim tax credits with a simple, customizable algae-based system.

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