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April 4, 2014
We're Data Jammin': Building Interactive Educational Materials to Teach Energy

In a digital world of mobile apps, internet games, and social media, teachers can find it difficult to keep students focused - especially on the importance of energy in their daily lives. To help address this issue, the Energy Department hosted a data jam last week that brought together developers, educators, and energy experts to find ways to improve the energy literacy of students throughout the country. Read this recap and view photos of the event.

April 4, 2014
On Feb. 18, 2014, Argonne hosted its 19th annual regional Rube Goldberg Machine Contest at the Chicago Children's Museum. This year, the competition called on teams to build a complex machine that took at least 20 steps to zip a zipper. Pictured here are students from Reavis High School of Burbank, Illinois, who defeated nine other teams in the contest with their Super Mario-themed Rube Goldberg machine.

By winning Argonne's contest, these students will compete in the National High School Rube Goldberg Machine Championship this weekend, on Saturday, April 5, at Waukesha Country Technical College in Pewaukee, Wisconsin. <a href="https://www.flickr.com/photos/argonne/sets/72157642213177065#" target="_blank">View more photos from the competition here<a/>. | Photo courtesy of Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Power Up! Twenty Steps to Zip a Zipper

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April 3, 2014
Slideshow: Building a Better Future One Robot at a Time

High school students are incorporating cutting-edge manufacturing techniques into robots, while pushing the boundaries of research forward.

April 1, 2014
Women in STEM jobs earn 33 percent more than those in non-STEM occupations and experience a smaller wage gap relative to men.
The STEM Promise: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment. Join the Conversation on April 8.

To learn more about the potential of STEM careers to ease the gender pay gap and pathways into STEM careers for entry-level opportunities, the YWCA and the Department of Energy are teaming up to host a panel and Tweet Up on The STEM Promise: Opportunities for Economic Empowerment. On April 8, 2014, from 3-4pm EST, follow along on #STEMEqualPay to join the conversation.

March 27, 2014
History of Women at the Energy Department

Highlighting the work of women trailblazers at the Energy Department.

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 10, 2014
Webinar: Hands-on Energy Literacy

As part of the Will Steger Foundation's Climate and Energy Literacy Webinar Series, this webinar will include presentations by two leading energy literacy and STEM education experts, including examples of hands-on classroom activities related to renewable energy.

February 28, 2014
 Last week, 79 Chicago-area high school students visited the Energy Department's Argonne National Lab for "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," an educational outreach program designed to give 8th-grade girls an opportunity to explore careers in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
 
While at the Lab, the girls participated in tours to explore different aspects of the Lab's work -- from learning about the organisms that live in soil to floating small objects in mid-air with an acoustic levitator. In the afternoon, the girls were given a car chassis with a motor and challenged to figure out the types of wheels and pulleys needed to build a battery operated transmission. At an engineering expo, the girls were able to learn about the inner workings of various scientific concepts -- from tornadoes to magnets and beyond. Throughout the day, the girls heard from scientists in a number of fields, including keynote speaker Joanne Manaster, a faculty lecturer in the School of Integrative Biology at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. 

In the photo above, two students work with an Argonne National Lab scientist to complete the "Automotive Tycoon" challenge. | Photo courtesy of Mark Lopez, Argonne National Laboratory.
Photo of the Week: Getting a Head Start for Women in STEM

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February 26, 2014
All-of-the-Above is Making a Difference Across America

President Obama’s plan to develop all sources of American energy is helping the U.S. fight climate change, increase energy security and create opportunities for middle class families.