2 Tribal Colleges Win In DOI Renewable Challenge

Aug 15th, 2010 | By | Category: 22-1: Native Activism, Fall 2010, Tribal College News

U.S. Department of the Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced the winning college and high school teams that designed and built the most efficient portable wind turbine systems as part of the 2010 Indian Education Renewable Energy Challenge.

The contest promotes renewable energy development for Indian Country among students and teachers at the high school and college level. The contest is co-sponsored with the Bureau of Indian Education, the Indian Affairs Office of Indian Energy and Economic Development, and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Argonne National Laboratory.

At the college level, first place was shared by the Southwestern Indian Polytechnic Institute (SIPI) from Albuquerque, NM, and the College of Menominee Nation from Keshena, WI. At the high school level, the first place winner was the Oneida Nation High School from Oneida, WI.

During Phase I of the contest challenge, student teams submitted designs for a portable wind turbine installation that generates energy, stores it mechanically or electronically, and then uses the stored energy to power an array of light emitting diodes. During Phase II, the 10 best designs (five from high schools and five from tribal colleges) were selected and each team was awarded $1,300 to construct a prototype.

“We support and encourage science and engineering programs to get Indian students engaged in renewable energy resources, and we would like to congratulate all of the schools that participated in this initiative to make it a success,” said Bart Stevens, acting director of the Bureau of Indian Education in the Interior Department.
For more information visit www.dep.anl.gov/indianed_energychallen

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