Calling all college students—an exciting undergraduate STEM challenge is coming to New England! The Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge is a competition to create winning strategies for reducing carbon emissions in Boston. 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.
To launch the Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge, the Museum of Science has partnered with two organizations devoted to building a healthier environment: Greentown Labs, the largest cleantech startup incubator in the United States, and General Motors, a company who believes in a world with an all-electric future and a world with Zero Emissions. 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 Tuesday, April 23, 2019. Winners will receive cash prizes, and opportunities to promote their work within the STEM community!
Applications will be accepted February 11 – March 24, 2019. Applications 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. All semi-finalist teams should be notified no later than March 26, 2019, and must confirm participation by March 28, 2019. Projects must be completed by April 19, 2019. Semi-finalist teams should be expected to produce a poster and video pitch explaining your proposed strategy for a transportation challenge.
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 and 1 adult mentor/sponsor from the university or college.
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 19, 2019, prior to the poster presentation and judging which will take place at the Museum of Science on April 23, 2019.
Each Go Carbon Neutral! semi-finalist team is required to create a 30 – 90-second video pitch about your selected carbon neutral challenge and the impact of your proposed strategy. Your pitch should be aimed at family-friendly and community audiences explaining a key concept related to your strategy. Videos do not need to be of professional quality. Pitches must be submitted on or before April 19, 2019.
All Semi-Finalists Receive:
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