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August 5, 2015
Energy Department Graphic.
Teachers Go Back to School with the Energy Department

It's August, which means students and teachers are getting ready to head back to school -- and some teachers are going back armed with a better understanding of renewable energy to pass on to the next generation of energy leaders!

July 13, 2015
The New York City College of Technology is weatherproofing its house, called DURA, at a Brooklyn Navy Yard construction site. | Photo courtesy of New York City College of Technology.
Solar Decathlon 2015: Nation’s Leading Sustainable Home Design Competition on the Horizon

The teams are set for this year's Solar Decathlon, which challenges students from around the world to design, build and operate highly energy efficient solar-powered houses.

July 2, 2015
Elizabeth and Rachel visit a YWCA in Waterloo, Iowa. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Rain or Shine: We Cycle for Science

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case check-in after another month of biking across the country to teach science, talk with teachers and encourage girls to study STEM.

June 25, 2015
Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University in front of their SMART Suspension System add-on hybrid module that reduces fuel consumption for heavy duty trucks. Hyliion won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition in Washington, D.C. | Photo by Matt Dozier, Energy Department.
Hyliion Wins 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, Cleantech University Prize Awardees Announced

Hyliion from Carnegie Mellon University won the 2015 National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition, setting the stage for next year's Cleantech University Prize.

June 19, 2015
Girls from the Tampa Public Housing Authority participated in a hands-on activity at the Museum of Science and Industry. | Energy Department photo.
Launching STEM Careers through Exposure and Exploration

As part of our series of STEM Mentoring Cafes, a group of 40 girls from the Tampa Public Housing Authority met with scientists, technologists, engineers and mathematicians at the Museum of Science and Industry on June 13, 2015.

June 16, 2015
#SpaceWeek: Science of the Cosmos

During #SpaceWeek we covered the Department of Energy's space expertise, from nuclear-powered spacecraft to lightsabers used in Star Wars. (Really.) Here's what you missed.

June 12, 2015
The National Maker Faire aims to celebrate all things science, technology, engineering, art, and math through do-it-yourself and do-it-with-others projects and fun.
3D Cobra, Renewable Energy, and Green Button at the National Maker Faire

Part science fair, part county festival, part 21st-century technology convention, the National Maker Faire will bring together “makers” of all ages—crafters, educators, tinkerers, and hobbyists—to promote and spur invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

June 10, 2015
Five student-led start-up companies that won regional competitions across the United States will travel to Washington, D.C., on June 24 to compete for a $50,000 prize in the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition. | <em>Submitted photos</em>
National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition: Five Regional Winners Head to Final Round in Washington, D.C.

Anticipation for the final round of the National Clean Energy Business Plan Competition is growing. Over the past two months, student-led start-ups have faced intense competition and judging panels of industry and financial experts in five regional contests throughout the United States. Five winning regional teams have been crowned, and they will now advance to compete for $50,000 in the fourth annual National Competition in Washington, D.C., on June 24.

June 2, 2015
Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case of Cycle for Science in front of the world's first nuclear power plant at Idaho National Lab. | Photo courtesy of Cycle for Science.
Mountains, and Teachers, and a Bear, Oh My!

Rachel Woods-Robinson and Elizabeth Case, the ladies of Cycle for Science, check in from South Dakota in their second guest blog post.

June 1, 2015
Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall speaks to students and staff at the Alaska Native Science and Engineering Program in Anchorage, Alaska. | Photo by the Energy Department.
Connecting with Alaska’s People and Power Resources

Deputy Secretary Sherwood-Randall recently traveled to Alaska, where she met with STEM students, toured an Arctic natural gas project, and met with other officials to discuss liquefied natural gas export projects.