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BOSTON, MA (February 19, 2019) —The Museum of Science, in partnership with Greentown Labs and General Motors, recently announced the launch of the Go Carbon Neutral! Challenge, which calls on undergraduate students to create strategic solutions to reduce greenhouse gas emissions produced by Boston’s transportation systems.
The challenge seeks to generate fresh ideas from young thinkers in New England to support the City of Boston’s goal to be carbon neutral by 2050.
“General Motors has a vision for a world with Zero Crashes, Zero Emissions, and Zero Congestion,” said Hina Baloch, STEM Education Lead at GM. “As a part of our commitment to this vision and our continuing focus in STEM Education, we are excited to partner with the Museum of Science and engage with local students in finding creative solutions to support the goal of a carbon neutral Boston.”
According to the recently released Carbon Free Boston: Summary Report 2019 by the Boston Green Ribbon Commission, Boston’s transportation sector accounts for 29 percent of the city’s emissions, mostly coming from private household vehicles. Report authors note that, “Boston has opportunity and means to expand mobility access to all residents, and at the same time reduce GHG emissions from transportation.” To achieve these opportunities will take fresh innovative solutions that will transform the sector.
“This challenge is an exciting opportunity to learn about the potentially innovative ideas and solutions these students develop for the competition,” said Sharon Horrigan, Farinon Director, Education and Outreach Programs.
Challenge participants are instructed to choose a transportation challenge, proposing a strategy and/or solution, and will subsequently present their ideas in poster and video form to guests at the Museum of Science on April 23, if chosen as a semi-finalist. Applications are accepted until March 3, 2019. Semi-finalists will be selected by the Museum in consultation with third-party experts and notified on a rolling basis.
For more information and to apply, visit: https://www.mos.org/go-carbon-neutral.
About the Museum of Science, Boston
One of the world's largest science centers and New England's most attended cultural institution, the Museum introduces more than 1.4 million visitors a year to STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) through the world-class hands-on exhibits, programs and pre-K-12 curricula of its William and Charlotte Bloomberg Science Education Center. An extraordinary variety of learning experiences span the Hall of Human Life, Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 4-D Theater, and Butterfly Garden. The Science Behind Pixar, created with Pixar Animation Studios, is touring internationally. The Museum's National Center for Technological Literacy® has transformed STEM education nationally and internationally through advocacy, standards and assessment reforms, teacher professional development, and curriculum development. The Museum’s pre-K-12 curricula, including its award-winning Engineering is Elementary®, have reached an estimated 18 million students and 185,000 educators. Visit: http://www.mos.org.
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