Renewable Microgrid Program

The Texas Engineering Experimental Station and Transformation 2013 T-STEM Center are here to announce a unique opportunity for eight high schools in or near the 28th Congressional District.

High schools that can offer the 4th year science course, Engineering Design and Problem Solving, in 2011/2012 can apply to participate in a year-long project where students create a prototype micro-grid that could provide alternate forms of energy to Colonias homes along the Texas-Mexico border. The project will be aligned to the Engineering Design and Problem Solving TEKS, with an accompanying Scope and Sequence along with teacher training for the course. We know that not every school currently offers this course, but hope that this support would enable many schools to offer the class this upcoming school year.

Funding for eight schools will be used for materials, teacher training stipends, and mentor engineers. After completion students can then enter their designs in various competitions, including the international science fair I-SWEEEP [www.isweeep.org], that takes place in Houston every year, or the Conrad Foundation Clean Energy Competition [http://www.conradawards.org/main/renewable_detail].

Please read the RFA for more details.

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