Supported by General Motors
In partnership with Greentown Labs
New England college students — are you up for an exciting undergraduate STEM challenge? Create a winning solution for reducing carbon emissions in Boston's atmosphere and you could win a cash prize.
In 2017, Mayor Walsh set forth the goal for the City of Boston to be carbon neutral by 2050. The Green Ribbon Commission recently released a report that identifies specific and measurable steps the City of Boston must take to meet this goal. To achieve this, our community needs the fresh perspective of future STEM professionals.We are excited to connect with our region’s ambitious STEM students—all undergraduate students currently enrolled at accredited New England colleges or universities are invited to participate.
According to the recently released Carbon Free Boston: Summary Report 2019, Boston’s transportation sector accounts for 29% of the city’s emissions. Challenge participants will be tasked with creating a strategy to reduce the greenhouse gases produced by Boston’s transportation systems. Transportation categories may include but are not limited to energy, fuel, infrastructure, alternative vehicles, or modes of transportation.
Applicants will choose a transportation challenge and propose a strategy and/or solution, and semi-finalists will present their ideas at a culminating event at the Museum of Science on Earth Day, Wednesday, April 22. Winners will receive cash prizes, and opportunities to promote their work within the STEM community!
Students interested in competing can register between January 15 – February 28, 2020. Individuals or teams registered by the deadline will be prompted to complete a project proposal by March 20, 2020. Project proposals will be reviewed upon receipt and semi-finalists will be notified on a rolling basis. Information gathered during the application process will be private and confidential and used only for semi-finalist selection purposes and not shared beyond the Museum of Science Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge review committee. Semi-finalist teams should be expected to produce a poster explaining your proposed strategy for a transportation challenge. Projects must be completed by April 17, 2020.
Semi-finalist teams should be comprised of 1 – 4 people. Schools may be represented by more than one team, and students on a given team may represent different schools. We strongly encourage students' teams to have diverse STEM majors and perspectives.
Each team will require 1 student team leader.
Each Go Carbon Neutral! semi-finalist team must design a visual display about your selected carbon neutral challenge and the impact of your proposed strategy and/or solution. A poster PDF must be submitted on or before April 17, 2020, prior to the poster presentation and judging which will take place at the Museum of Science on April 22, 2020.
Your final poster will be judged on the following:
All semi-finalist teams are required to present their posters to judges and general Museum audiences on April 22, 2020. At least one member from each team must attend this event. The announcement of finalists and an awards ceremony will follow.
All competition materials will be checked will be checked for eligibility and rules compliance by the Museum of Science Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge staff.
In consultation with outside experts, the Museum of Science Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge staff will select 10 – 20 semi-finalist teams based on completed applications.
In consultation with a panel of judges, the Museum of Science Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge staff will review electronically submitted poster PDFs (due April 17, 2020) and in-person poster session (on April 22, 2020) in order to select one (1) grand prize winner, one (1) runner up, and one (1) second runner up.
During the culminating event on April 22, 2020 semi-finalists will bring posters and set up at the Museum of Science in the afternoon with final judging to follow. The distinguished judging panel for the competition will include science researchers, science communication professionals, community members, and industry experts. After the judging session all semi-finalists are invited to stay at the Museum for the awards ceremony where three finalists will be announced.
All semi-finalists receive:
All finalists receive a cash prize (split equally among team members).
Each team member must be:
Ineligible: employees of the Museum of Science, Boston; minors (younger than 18).
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