The Assistant Secretary of Indian Affairs (AS-IA) Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development (IEED), Division of Energy and Mineral Development (DEMD) has partnered with AISES to present the Energy Challenge (EC) for American Indian/Alaskan Native youth in grades 9-12.
The EC is an energy-specific science fair designed to engage and encourage high school students to participate in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) education through a creative, hands-on, problem solving and engineering process in an environment similar to a science fair. High school students may compete as individuals, or as teams consisting of up to 3 students. All students/teams must have an adult sponsor. The sponsor can be either a parent, teacher, or mentor.
About the Energy Challenge
The 2016-2017 AISES Energy Challenge occurs in two phases:
PHASE 1: RESEARCH AND DESIGN (NOW – JANUARY 31, 2017)
- 1. Identify an energy-related problem that directly affects the individual, team, or their community.
- 2. Assess the problem and identify possible solutions.
- 3. Research and develop a demonstrable solution.
- 4. Present a solution, with a budget of up to $2000, to build and implement their solution.
The top 5 winning students/teams from Phase 1 move onto Phase 2.
PHASE 2 BUILD AND IMPLEMENT (FEBRUARY 20, 2017 – MAY 31, 2017)
- 1. If selected, build project/demonstration prototype, with a budget not to exceed $2,000.
- 2. Communicate experience in building and solution implementation process.
- 3. Present solution results.
Of the Phase 2 teams, a Grand Prize winner will be selected to travel to Washington, D.C., where the student(s) will present the final design and results!
To Participate in the Energy Challenge
All participants must apply and upload all required documents online by January 31, 2017:
Students will be required to submit the following documents online for Phase 1 (note: the online application cannot be saved, please have all materials ready to submit when you start the application):
- 1. Completed online form, including basic demographic information for main student contact, adult Sponsor, and additional students participating (up to 3 per team).
- Students will be required to enter a current AISES Member ID. You may find your AISES Member ID by loging into the AISES Membership Portal.
- 2. Students will upload the following documents into the online application:
- Design Plan PowerPoint (see GUIDELINES tab for more information)
- Engineering Design Notebook (see GUIDELINES tab for more information)
- Energy Challenge Project Abstract (see GUIDELINES tab for more information)
- Completed Media and Liability Release Form (signed version must be uploaded)
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