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March 12, 2014
The Better Buildings Case Competition challenges the next generation of engineers, entrepreneurs and policymakers to devise actionable ways to cut energy waste and improve commercial building efficiency. Last year, Yale's team (pictured here) won best proposal for their solution on how the federal government could meet energy-savings goals in government buildings across the United States. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Tapping University Students for Energy Efficiency Business Solutions

Learn how university students are developing energy efficiency solutions that private-sector organizations and state and local governments can replicate.

March 11, 2014
Join the National Conversation on Minorities in Energy: Announcing National Roundtables

Hispanics In Energy, in collaboration with the American Association of Blacks In Energy and the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity, plans a gathering of key stakeholder leaders in a series of roundtables across the country to discuss how to meet the job demands of the expanding energy industry, particularly through the minority workforce. 

March 10, 2014
The high school regional science bowl competition was held on Saturday, February 22, 2014 at the U.S. Department of Energy.  The winning team was Woodrow Wilson High School.
DC Students Take On Regional Science Bowl Competition

At the National Science Bowl, high school and middle school students participate in a nation-wide competition to test their knowledge of all areas of science.  High school and middle school students are quizzed in a fast paced question-and-answer format similar to Jeopardy. 

In Feburary, the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity held the 2014 Washington, D.C., regional competitionsfor middle school and high school to determine which schools would earn a spot at the national competition in April. 

March 4, 2014
Celebrating Women's History Month with the White House Council on Women and Girls

This March for Women's History Month, the White House is posting a series of blogs from heads of our country's federal agencies, celebrating successes over the last year and pushing for more. Read the other agency blogs at

February 28, 2014
Find Your STEM Role Model: Join Our Google+ Hangout On March 5

NASA and the Energy Department are teaming up on Wednesday, March 5, 2014 at 1pm EST to host a Google+ Hangout, showcasing women in STEM at NASA and Energy that are changing the world and addressing the serious shortage of women and girls engaged in STEM fields in the United States, and showcasing strong role models for students of all genders.

February 24, 2014
The 2013 class of Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program summer interns stand with Deputy Director of Minority Education Annie Whatley (front left), Secretary Ernest Moniz, and Dot Harris, Director of the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity.
Energize Your Summer with a Department of Energy Internship

Earn a stipend, housing and round trip transportation are provided through our Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program, an exceptional opportunity for high school, undergraduate and graduate students in a variety of majors.

February 10, 2014
Federal employees from all agencies were invited to attend the First Annual STEM Volunteer Fair at the Department of Energy on February 5, 2014, hosted by the Office of Economic Impact and Diversity. I Photo by Matty Greene, U.S. Department of Energy
Deploying Federal Talent to Build the Future STEM Workforce

Over 30 organizations and 100 federal employees braved icy rain to attend the First Annual Interagency STEM Volunteer Fair on February 11, 2014.

January 31, 2014
To encourage the growth of women in STEM careers, a group of girls in the eighth grade were invited to learn about career opportunities in science and engineering during the annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day at Argonne National Lab. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
STEM Education: Preparing Students to Succeed

As the President mentioned in his State of the Union address this week, we must prepare students with the skills necessary to succeed in the new economy -- especially skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

January 28, 2014
Joey Hudy shot to fame in 2012 when, at 14-years-old, he attended the White House Science Fair where the President took a turn using the contraption he had made - the “extreme marshmallow cannon”. Joey then handed the President a card with his credo: “Don’t be bored, make something.”
Introducing the All-Star Geeks of SoSTEM 2014!

Some of America’s top STEM doers, innovators, and thinkers will continue the celebration of all things STEM on the day after State of the Union, by participating in the second annual State of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (“SoSTEM”) event at the White House. Tune in at at 10am EST to watch.

January 17, 2014
Events like Argonne National Laboratory's annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day are produced with the volunteer support of the Department of Energy's STEM professionals. Above, Director Dot Harris visits the event in 2013.
Giving Back Through Our Talented STEM Professionals

In recognition of the late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the National Day of Service, the Department of Energy’s Office of Economic Impact and Diversity and the Office of Personal Management are hosting the First Annual Interagency STEM Volunteer Fair on February 5, 2014, 10am - 2pm, at the U.S. Department of Energy.