The Energy Project


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.

Who should enroll?

Sophmore - Senior student leaders and visionaries with a drive to work together to change the future of sustainability by imagining, building and creating innovative products, services and businesses for the energy sector.

Students who want to deepen their understanding of environmental sustainability and experience solving real world problems through collaboration, volunteering in the community and learning from experts.

Program Schedule

  • Starting December 2nd, 2021 - May 5th, 2022
  • Every Tuesday / Thursday after school club from 3:30 pm - 5:30 pm
  • Alternate Spring Saturdays for Field Trips from 8:00 am - 3:00 pm
  • 10 day prototyping workshop March 11th - 20th 2022
  • Showcase Date TBD - May 4/5/10

Program Takeaways

  • Energy 101, history, trends & forecasts
  • Design thinking, ideation, ethnographic research & problem solving
  • Prototyping, testing, and experimentation
  • Business plan, pitch, and presentation
  • Showcase & Awards

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 (TBD)

HCC IDEAStudio 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


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