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Feb 17, 2020 2020-02-17

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Design Challenge Encouraging Responsible Energy Use

The Clean Tech Competition is a worldwide research and design challenge for precollege youth. The program encourages scientific understanding of real-world issues and the integration of environmentally responsible energy sources. Each year the Clean Tech Competition addresses an issue that is grounded in core technological competency areas and focuses on the next great engineering challenges. In 2020 the challenge issue is Reducing Individual Impacts. Students identify a specific problem affected by the actions of individuals and explain the specific impacts on environmental conditions, human health, and/or the economy. They conduct research and describe the scale of the problem and the affected populations, and then analyze the foundations and causes of the specific issue they chose, investigating and explaining the issue in detail. Finally they design a solution that uses clean technology to address the problem they identified and explain how their solution would help mitigate the negative impacts. The competition is designed to foster a deeper understanding of STEM-related concepts, recognize outstanding talent, and prepare the next generation of globally competitive innovators. Finalist teams will each be given a $200 stipend to develop their solutions. They will also receive monetary awards in each category: first place, $10,000; second place, $7,000; third place, $5,000; and fourth through tenth places, $1,000 each. In addition to their monetary prize, the first-place finalist teams will have the opportunity to develop a continued relationship with a professional who will serve as a mentor, advising and assisting the team in furthering their work and education. The Clean Tech Competition is a program of the Center for Science Teaching & Learning.

Deadlines: Registration closes on March 13, 2020, at 4 p.m. (ET); papers are due by April 3, 2020, at 12 p.m. (ET); semifinals will be announced on April 20, 2020; finalists will be announced on April 27, 2020; and the finals event will take place in Washington, DC, on July 2, 2020.

Environmental Education Science Engineering Health/Fitness Economics/Financial Literacy

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