Alternative Energy

Boeing Engineers Create STEM Activities to Challenge and Inspire Students

Boeing, Iridescent's Curiosity Machine, PBS Learning Media and the Teaching Channel have produced a collection of educational materials and tutorials that children can use to engineer an airfoil, find alternative energy sources and design their own satellite, among dozens of other activities.

The activities are intended to develop skills such as the ability to think critically, collaborate and communicate effectively. Boeing engineers worked side-by-side with its partners to develop lesson plans, documentaries and hands-on activities that break down complicated concepts into easy-to-digest resources. All materials and tutorials are available to download for free at Boeing's Educational Resources page.

Energy Industry 3 Million Jobs by 2020

The number of jobs in the Energy Sector will double in the next five years, according to a recent report by Manpower, the worldwide staffing company. More than half of energy employers say they are having great difficulties finding “the talent it needs.” 74 percent say the problem will get worse by 2020. The report summarizes, 'This skills gap could adversely affect our nation’s competitiveness and hurt the record-setting growth seen in the energy and manufacturing sectors unless immediate steps are taken to better educate young Americans in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).

Green Ribbon School Nominations

“We are excited about the potential impact the Green Ribbon Schools awards program can have in encouraging schools to improve their energy efficiency, create healthy environments for students and staff, and enhance their work to effectively prepare graduates for 21st century careers,” said U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. The U.S.

The Solar Water Still Challenge

The world land area affected by questionable drinking water sources is staggering in size. According to the World Health Organization, about 1.2 billion people do not have safe clean water sources. This should not be allowed to continue. A possible solution is to use a solar water still to distill water on site. The problem is the current cost of $200 to $250 US dollars, when many of these families only earn a few dollars per day.

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Dow Solar Competitions

Dow Corning says it will sponsor the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2011 from Sept. 23 to Oct. 2 in Washington, D.C., to spur growth of the solar industry and support education. In the Solar Decathlon, 20 collegiate teams design, build, and operate solar-powered houses that are cost-effective, energy-efficient and attractive.The company said it will oversee the creation of educational resources that will help strengthen middle school students' understanding of solar energy and sustainability and the importance of science, technology, engineering and math.


(BROOKLYN, MI – May 12, 2011) – Ninja’s, a team of Middle School students from Elizabethtown Area Middle School in Elizabethtown, Pennsylvania, produced a winning race car at this week’s USA F1 in Schools National Finals held in association with SAE International. The team developed a scale model Formula 1 car of the future which proved to be the best designed, as well as fastest on the track, and their efforts have won the students a place in the 2011 F1 in Schools World Finals which will take place later this year in Malaysia.

Department of Education Starts Award for "Green" Schools

The U.S. Department of Education announced today the creation of the Green Ribbon Schools program to recognize schools that are creating healthy and sustainable learning environments and teaching environmental literacy. The new awards program will be run by the Education Department with the support of the White House Council on Environmental Quality and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

New Green Academy Program Builds Synergy Among Industry Partners and Schools

Just launched, ETA International’s Green Academy will be a collaborative effort for both schools that are approved to utilize ETA alternative energy certifications and industry partners who offer training or are looking to hire students.“We hear from schools each day who are entering the alternative energy market and including their lo

Michigan focusing on developing battery industry

The Michigan Business Review yesterday interviewed Loch McCabe, founder of Ann Arbor-based Shepherd Advisors, one of Michigan's oldest renewable energy consulting firms and asked him what he thought about the state's focus on the battery industry. McCabe said he believes that electric power is going to become increasingly important in the drivetrain. 


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