What will motivate America’s youth to reach for high-demand jobs in growing industry sectors? By sharing the excitement of cutting-edge careers in science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), professionals are helping dreams take shape for these young people. The Energy Department – in collaboration with public and private partners – sponsors a fun, interactive initiative called the STEM Mentoring Café to expose students to STEM careers.
Last week, EcoCAR 3 students attended the Year Two Winter Workshop held at EcoCAR sponsor NXP’s headquarters in Austin, Texas. As the most recent Energy Department Advanced Vehicle Technology Competition series, EcoCAR 3 is challenging 16 North American university teams to redesign a Chevrolet Camaro to reduce its environmental impact, while maintaining its performance.
Middle school girls and other curious students had the chance to meet with role models in STEM fields at STEM Mentoring Café—a morning of “speed mentoring” hosted by the Intrepid Museum on Saturday, November 14.
STEM Mentoring Cafés - sponsored in part by the Energy Department - engage middle schoolers with science and technology professionals at local science centers and museums nationwide to inspire them to learn about a broad spectrum of energy-related career fields.
The Commercial Buildings Integration (CBI) Program within DOE's Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy's Building Technologies Office (BTO) accelerates the voluntary uptake efficient building technologies that are market-viable but underutilized and develops solutions to overcome non-technical barriers to energy efficiency. We accomplish this by engaging in applied research, demonstration and integration of newly commercialized or underutilized advanced technologies, developing tools and solutions to remove barriers to investment and drive uptake of efficiency measures, and utilizing partnerships to drive technologies and solutions into the commercial buildings marketplace.
Increasing energy literacy across the nation and around the world is a vital ingredient in the Energy Department’s strategy to achieve a global clean energy economy. By helping America make smarter energy choices, we all win.