A team of 3 female engineering students from Chatham, VA were among those honored at the White House Science Fair by President Obama.
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Led by their coach Molly Thomas, Libby Goldstein, Tally Stanley, Meredith Lee, and Chen Xie competed at the highest level of the national JETS TEAMS Competition for the third year in a row. According to JETS, these students have been challenged to understand how engineers can make a difference in the real world. Via JETS:
From exploring how engineers are involved in the logistics of large-scale athletic events, like the Olympic Games, to using their skills to provide access to clean water, the Chatham team has excelled in the TEAMS Competition. But their success, doesn't stop with winning academic awards as team coach, Molly Thomas, spoke of one 2008 team member, Sierra, who gives credit to the TEAMS competition for introducing her to engineering. Now enrolled in a university engineering program, Sierra comes back to speak with other young girls at Chatham about pursuing an engineering major and career.
JETS is a non-profit and education organization dedicated to promoting engineering and helping students discover their potential for the profession. You can learn more about it here.
The White House is making good on their commitment to inspire young students to take interest in math and science as part if his Educate to Innovate campaign. The result was the USA Science and Engineering Festival that took place the National Mall and in more than 50 satellite locations. President Obama, via the the Office of the Press Secretary.
“If you win the NCAA championship, you come to the White House. Well, if you're a young person and you produce the best experiment or design, the best hardware or software, you ought to be recognized for that achievement, too.”
You can watch the president addressing students at the National Science Fair in the video below:
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Thanks to innovative business models, the off-grid solar market from sub-Saharan Africa to India has not only been growing, it's picking up serious momentum. But many of the first organizations to bring solar to the poor were nonprofits, which have had a hard time raising enough capital to satisfy the huge demand. That's why the California-based d.light, a for-profit social enterprise, is so important.
The off-grid solar lighting specialist has lined up a stellar group of investors for an $11 million investment round, which brings d.light's total to $40 million. This milestone sends a message about the ability of companies in this part of the world to successfully sell products that improve the lives of the poor. (The video is a case history.)
After serious due diligence, investors saw that d.light already made more than 500,000 solar lights a month, thanks to its first big customer: the French oil and gas company Total, which sells d.light's product line throughout Africa as part of its “Access to Energy Program.”
With growth rates similar to the early days of mobile phone expansion, d.light serves over 40 countries through over 10,000 retail outlets, and has sold 6 million solar power products. So as more companies raise the money they need, the world will begin to move meaningfully toward ending energy poverty.
Check out the video in the panel at right.
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