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May 9, 2014
… Will blow you away. This week, 150 students at 10 universities across the U.S. competed in the <a href="/node/909851">Collegiate Wind Competition</a>, which took place at the American Wind Energy Association’s annual conference. Over the course of three intense days, the students put their wind turbines through rigorous performance testing, crafted their own business plans and pitched their turbine designs to wind industry leaders.
 
In this photo, students from James Madison University take a moment to discuss their strategies for the competition. Learn more about the <a href="http://www4.eere.energy.gov/wind/windcompetition/" target="_blank">Collegiate Wind Competition</a> and the <a href="http://www4.eere.energy.gov/wind/windcompetition/teams" target="_blank">participant teams here</a>. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: What Happens in Vegas...

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May 8, 2014
Pennsylvania State University was crowned the winner of the Energy Department's inaugural Collegiate Wind Competition. The team designed a small-scale wind turbine that can be easily deployed to provide power in emergency and/or remote power situations.
Pennsylvania State University Wins Big In Las Vegas: Energy Department Crowns Collegiate Wind Competition Champion

Announcing the winner of the Energy Department's first ever Collegiate Wind Competition.

May 1, 2014
This weekend, middle and high school students from across the country competed in the 24th annual National Science Bowl. After a series of round robin and double elimination competitions over the weekend, the final teams went head-to-head in the final rounds at the National Building Museum Monday morning. Mira Loma High School from Sacramento, California, won first prize for the high school competition, while the Greater Boston Science and Math Team emerged victorious in the middle school competition. In this photo, Energy Secretary Ernest Moniz addresses the students before final competition awards are announced. | Photo courtesy of the Energy Department.
Photo of the Week: The 2014 National Science Bowl

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April 30, 2014
Deputy Secretary of Energy Daniel Poneman, center, talks with students at Duke University on April 21, 2014. | Photo courtesy of Duke University.
America's Students Hold Answers to Our Biggest Energy Challenges

Students and communities across the country are working to develop solutions to the biggest energy challenges we face, including climate change.

April 29, 2014
Researchers from the Energy Department's Berkeley and Argonne National Labs have developed a new class of fuel cell catalysts that uses roughly 85 percent less platinum and has more than 30 times the catalytic activity than conventional catalysts. The graphic above highlights the catalyst's different stages throughout its manufacturing process. | Graphic courtesy of Argonne National Lab.
Small Catalyst Finding Could Lead to Big Breakthrough for Fuel Cell Deployment

Researchers at the Energy Department's National Labs have developed a new catalyst that could make fuel cells cost-competitive with other power generators.

April 28, 2014
Video: Mira Loma High School Named Science Bowl Grand Champion

Today, Mira Loma High School won the 2014 National Science Bowl at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C.

April 28, 2014
ARPA-E Celebrates Five Years of Changing What’s Possible

From its initial launch in 2009 to now, learn how the Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy continues to work to change what's possible.

April 25, 2014
For years, scientists have tracked the movements of salmon through rivers in the Pacific Northwest and around the world. Now a smaller, more powerful battery will allow them to track even younger, smaller fish over longer distances. Slightly larger than grains of rice, the new batteries power a transmitter small enough to inject into these fish -- rather than surgically implant them. The result is less stressful for the fish and less costly for the researcher. <a href="http://www.pnnl.gov/news/release.aspx?id=1040" target="_blank">Learn more about the batteries here</a>. | Photo courtesy of PNNL.
Photo of the Week: Tiny Batteries

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April 24, 2014
Longfellow Middle School from Falls Church, Virginia and Hopkins Junior High from Fremont, California, compete in the final academics round for the championship during the 2012 National Science Bowl in Washington, D.C. | Photograph by Jack Dempsey, U.S. Department of Energy.
Science Bowl 2014: Future STEM Leaders to Compete in National Contest

This weekend, high school and middle school students from across the country will visit Washington, DC, for the 24th annual National Science Bowl.

April 24, 2014
Jump-Starting Zero Energy Home Design and Student Careers

A new Energy Department student competition moves sustainable home design forward while providing students with experience for clean energy careers.