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  • 15 Mar 2024 9:14 AM | Anonymous

    KidWind Opens Registration for its 2024 Simulation Challenge

    Students participating in challenge will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning online tools to construct and test virtual turbines

    The KidWind Project, an international leader in clean energy education, is launching the 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge. During the challenge students will use Flinn Scientific’s WhiteBox Learning web-based STEM learning system to virtually construct and test wind turbines and wind farms. To register to compete in this year’s challenge, click here.

    “We are excited to partner with Flinn Scientific and WhiteBox Learning again for the fourth year of the Simulation Challenge,” said Michael Arquin, founder of KidWind. “This challenge helps more students compete in our KidWind Challenges which give them the opportunity to learn about important design concepts related to wind energy systems.”

    Students can compete in the KidWind Simulation Challenge in one of two divisions: grades 4-8 and grades 9-12. Students can participate alone or on a team of any size and mixed grade levels. Each individual student and team will also need to have a coach who will be the primary contact for the team.

    Registration for the KidWind Simulation Challenge is free. Once registered teams receive confirmation codes, each student will have individual access to the WhiteBox Learning software through June 30, 2024.

    Coaches will receive an Advanced Wind Turbine Kit for each team they register. Students will apply what they learn in the simulator to a real wind turbine and share data with KidWind. “We look forward to seeing what students can build and test after they have explored the simulator software,” added Arquin.

    The 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge will feature a weekly leaderboard of the top performers. Scores are determined by participants’ quiz scores, design iterations, design performance on the turbine and wind farms and how students apply this knowledge to real life. When the challenge closes on March 15, 2024, the top three performing teams or individuals in each division participating in the challenge will be recognized and invited to participate in the 2024 World KidWind Challenge in Minneapolis in May 2024.

    This challenge was made possible through generous contributions from Flinn Scientific and National Renewable Energy Laboratory. For more information about the 2024 KidWind Simulation Challenge, visit:

    About the KidWind Project:

    The KidWind Project, an international leader in renewable energy education, has been working with educators and students to integrate renewable energy into classrooms for over 15 years. Since 2004, KidWind has held more than 800 training events for more than 50,000 teachers all over the world. For more information about our trainings, challenges and curricular materials, visit

  • 5 Mar 2024 9:25 AM | Anonymous

    World of 8 Billion Video Contest

    The World of 8 Billion student video contest brings technology and creativity into middle and high school classes. The contest challenges students to create a short video connecting world population growth to one of three global challenges: Climate Migration, Health, and Invasive Species. 80+ cash prizes will be awarded, and participating teachers will receive free curriculum resources. The deadline for submissions is March 5, 2024 – use this lesson plan to get started now! Full contest guidelines, resources for research, past winners, and more can be found here.
  • 17 Jan 2024 1:19 PM | Anonymous

    Hypersonic systems have the potential to revolutionize travel within our atmosphere and to worlds beyond ours.
    The technologies required to travel around the world at very fast speeds span many disciplines-- from chemistry and physics, to computer science and mathematics! Many technologies, while seemingly sound and practical, require evaluation prior to being seriously considered for use in hypersonic systems. A system is only as good as its weakest link and the hypersonic flight environment breaks many chains. To tackle these challenges, we need creative science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) minded folks (like you) to join the hypersonics community!

    Supersonic and hypersonic aircraft will allow people to reach their destinations in a fraction of the time. In the 1970s, the first supersonic passenger plane came on the market, but cost and other issues caused the planes to be retired from use. If hypersonics research and development was able to create a hypersonic passenger aircraft that was both technologically and economically feasible, it could drastically change the way we travel!

    We need your help! Create a video, between three and five minutes in length, that helps us answer the questions below based on your year in school. Videos should demonstrate a knowledge of hypersonics, creative thinking, and problem solving how hypersonics will change travel.

    • High School Students
      • Hypersonic travel would bring about a new style of aircraft. How would a hypersonic passenger plane compare to the current, subsonic airplane? How would we need to rethink airports to accommodate hypersonics aircraft? How do you think the passenger experience would change at hypersonic speeds? Create a three to five minute video that shares your answers to the above questions.

    • College/University Undergraduate Students
      • Hypersonic travel would revolutionize international travel, with flight times measured in a few hours versus 12+ hour flights. What is a possible benefit of further developing hypersonic travel? What is a physics or engineering problem that needs to be overcome in order to make hypersonic travel a reality? How would you solve this problem? Create a three to five minute video that shares your answers to the above questions.

    Individual students or teams, of up to three students, should create a video for the Challenge appropriate for their academic enrollment. Videos should be three to five minutes in length and less than 1GB in size. All videos and associated information are due by 11:59 pm EST on Wednesday, January 17, 2024. Please visit submit your video and fill out a form with the name, email, academic affiliation, and year for each member of the team. Video submissions must be in a format compatible with YouTube such as .MOV, .MPD, .AVI, .WMV, etc.

    The video must include title and date, an answer to your prompt, a list of references used, names of all participants and their school, and any relevant credits.

  • 28 Oct 2023 4:02 PM | Anonymous

    Be a Henry David Thoreau ScholarTM

    Win up to a $26,000 Tuition Scholarship for Environmental Studies.

    Submit an online application by February 1st of your senior year via

    • Each year we award Henry David Thoreau ScholarshipsTM to outstanding Massachusetts high school seniors who are ready to meet the challenges of the ever-evolving, interdisciplinary field of environmental studies.
    • The Henry David Thoreau FoundationTM supports academically successful undergraduates through tuition scholarships to prepare them for environmental leadership.
    • Our Henry David Thoreau ScholarsTM graduate from leading colleges and universities around the world. Since 1999, our scholars have been working tirelessly to advance global health by protecting the environment and ensuring sustainable use of the world’s natural resources.
    • The next application deadline is February 1st for graduating Massachusetts high school seniors. Submit your application at

  • 13 Jun 2023 9:51 AM | Anonymous


    This unique, hands-on program prepares students for careers as entry-level technicians in the thriving biotechnology and life sciences fields. Over the course of this ten-month program, students master the cutting-edge technical skills required to work as entry-level lab technicians.


    Young adults with high school diploma (or equivalent), ages 18 - 30. No science or math experience required.


    Seven months of hands-on training in a state-of-the-art teaching laboratory, followed by a paid, three-month internship at a biotech company or research institute in Boston, Cambridge or Massachusetts’ North Shore.


    Our alumni have been hired into full-time positions at companies such as Dana-Farber Cancer Institute, Cell Signaling Technology, Synlogic Therapeutics, UMass Medical School, Sherlock Biosciences, and Bluefin Biomedicine.



  • 24 Mar 2022 5:24 PM | Anonymous

    McAuliffe Center is booking in-person and virtual programs for school groups and out-of-school time groups. 

    Information can be found here:

    Our vision is to foster a community of lifelong learners by providing innovative, integrated STEM pedagogies, practices, and programs that are accessible to all audiences. Our mission is to lead the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in K-16 integrated STEM learning through the sharing of resources, building of partnerships, and advancement of educational practices. The McAuliffe Center team is devoted to promoting and increasing diversity and equity in STEM education by sharing its resources and building collaborations with organizations that serve audiences historically underrepresented in STEM.

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