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High school students present energy solutions

In May 2016, over 400 high-school students brought their solutions for a better world to the 2016 Alaska Airlines Imagine Tomorrow competition at Washington State University. The competition is hosted by the Voiland College of Engineering and Architecture at Washington State University. NARA has been a major sponsor of this event since 2011. Encouraging high school students to think about energy solutions fits well with NARA’s education goals to increase bioenergy literacy and develop a bioenergy workforce.

With NARA’s …more

New Sponsor and Categories for Imagine Tomorrow

 

Students from Skyview High School look through their algae growing apparatus during the 2015 Imagine Tomorrow competition. Credit WSU communications.
Students from Skyview High School look through their algae growing apparatus during the 2015 Imagine Tomorrow competition. Credit WSU communications.

In 2012, NARA’s sponsorship of the Imagine Tomorrow competition allowed the event to accept high school students throughout the Pacific Northwest and introduced a new “biofuels” …more

Northwest high school students present biofuel projects

2015 Imagine Tomorrow Awards Ceremony at Washington State University on Saturday, May 30, 2015.
2015 Imagine Tomorrow Awards Ceremony at Washington State University on Saturday, May 30, 2015.

One of the goals for the NARA project is to enhance the bioenergy literacy of students, educators and the general public. NARA (through the USDA-NIFA) has supported the Imagine Tomorrow competition as a means to promote bioenergy literacy …more

NARA Life Cycle Assessment webinar available

Overall scope for LCA of woody biomass to bio-jet fuel. Image taken from 2014-15 webinar 5 at:https://teachingadventurelearningatmoss.wordpress.com/media-archive/
Overall scope for LCA of woody biomass to bio-jet fuel. Image taken from 2014-15 webinar 5 at:https://teachingadventurelearningatmoss.wordpress.com/media-archive/

The NARA Education team provides webinars to high school teachers and their students to help them prepare for the Imagine Tomorrow competition. Many of these webinars are given by NARA researchers and …more

Webinars for educators highlight NARA’s environmental sustainability research

Washington State University graduate student Ross Wickham measures streambed particles.
Washington State University graduate student and NARA researcher Ross Wickham measures streambed particles.

NARA’s Education Team partners with high school teachers in Idaho, Oregon, Washington and Montana to help them prepare student teams to participate in the Imagine Tomorrow competition. This partnership encourages new high school teams to enter the event and helps transfer NARA research to …more

Measuring Energy Literacy

Rubric for evaluation of Imagine Tomorrow deliverables
Rubric for evaluation of Imagine Tomorrow deliverables

NARA invests nearly a third of its total budget to improve the bioenergy literacy of students and professionals with the assumption that an improved level of bioenergy literacy will translate into a knowledgeable workforce and a more engaged and enlightened citizenry who can help shape and contribute to a bio-energy/bio-products economy.

A particular …more