Native American Student Renewable Energy Challenge Has October 31 Deadline

October 09, 2009

Students in all tribal colleges, tribally operated high schools, and Bureau of Indian Education (BIE) high schools are invited to compete in the upcoming Renewable Energy Challenge for Native American students. The focus of the contest is to promote renewable energy development for American Indian and Alaska Native tribes among students and teachers at the high school and college levels.

Students must submit proposals (competitive designs) by October 31.
The Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge of Argonne National Laboratory, in partnership with The Department of the Interior's Bureau of Indian Education and the Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, is requesting designs for small wind turbine systems that will harness wind energy, store it mechanically or electrically, and then use the stored energy to power an array of LEDs.
The 10 design teams that submit the best proposals (five from high schools and five from colleges) will receive $1300 each to construct a prototype of their machine. When the machines have been constructed, each team will collect performance data and submit that, along with a detailed report and a video of their machine in operation, to Argonne National Laboratory.     
The best college-level machine and the best high school-level machine will be selected and the teams (up to four team members and one faculty member for each team) will have an opportunity to meet with Interior Department senior officials and have projects prominently displayed in Washington, D.C.
Download design specifications in PDF format here.
Phase I - Competitive designs must be submitted to: Argonne National Laboratory, 9700 South Cass Avenue, Argonne, Illinois 60439, Attention: Deon Ettinger, Division of Educational Programs, by October 31, 2009. The top 10 designs selected will be notified by November 20, 2009.
Phase II - Final Projects are due to be submitted by January 31, 2010. Winners will be announced by February 28, 2010 and award presentation will occur in Washington, D.C. in April 2010. The top-rated high school and top-rated tribal college teams will travel to the nation's capital during the Cherry Blossom Festival for project recognition and demonstrations, and presentations at the Department of Interior.
For more information, contact Ashley Stockdale at 202.219.0740 or visit the challenge website at: