June 20, 2010
June 20, 2010
June 23, 2010
Energy Conversion and Conservation
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Young Minds Meet for Sustainable Future
The Sustainability is the intent to provide the best outcomes for the human and natural environments both now and indefinite future. The Sustainability relates to the continuity of economic, social, institutional and environmental aspects of human society, as well as the non- human environment. The Cosmos Foundation, a non-profit educational organization with 19 campuses and more than 7000 students all over the Texas took an initiative tour toward global awareness. The Cosmos foundation organizes an annual transformative International Science Fair Olympiad called I-SWEEEP (International Sustainable World Energy Engineering & Environment Project Olympiad) since 2008. The Cosmos Foundation brings the best and brightest students from all over the world to Houston, Texas to demonstrate their selected research findings. This paper describes how this Olympiad engages young minds in a search for solutions to the environmental and energy related challenges of today in hopes of achieving a sustainable world for tomorrow. The I-SWEEEP stimulates students’ interest in practical solutions and cultivates the future of the energy frontier through unique projects. The mission of I-SWEEEP is to create a collaborative yet competitive environment in which students can present their innovative ideas/projects to solve today’s challenges in energy, engineering, and environment, which will ensure a sustainable world for tomorrow. All the judges for the project evaluations are selected from academia and industrial professionals. The judging process gives a good opportunity to engineering professionals and academicians to review and evaluate what prospective engineers have developed for a sustainable future. The I-SWEEEP promotes engineering inventions and energy efficiency/management discoveries, which nurture eco- friendly technology concepts in K-12 STEM education.
1. Introduction According to the National Science Board (NSB)’s Science and Engineering Indicators 2004, enrollment in undergraduate engineering and science programs in the United States has been in decline since the 1980s1. Clearly, there is a continued need for increased enrollment and retention in science and engineering. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) have become increasingly central to our economic competitiveness and growth. Long– term strategies to maintain and increase living standards and promote opportunity will require unprecedented coordinated efforts among public, private, and non-profit entities to promote innovation and to prepare an adequate supply of qualified STEM workers1. STEM education has become increasingly central to U.S. economic competitiveness and growth. Long–term strategies to maintain and increase living standards and promote opportunity will require unprecedented coordinated efforts among public, private, and non-profit entities to promote innovation and to prepare an adequate supply of qualified STEM workers that are capable of translating knowledge and skills into new processes, products, and services 1-7.
The International Sustainable World Energy, Engineering, and Environment Project (I- SWEEEP) Olympiad, is a groundbreaking science fair open to middle and high school students. It is one of the largest science fair events of its kind world-wide. Similarly, Intel Corporation has been conducting International Science and Engineering Fair since 19928. The I-SWEEEP is organized by the Cosmos Foundation, a non-profit educational organization in Houston, TX with
Yildiz, F., & Pecen, R. R., & Tarim, S. (2010, June), Young Minds Meet For Sustainable Future Paper presented at 2010 Annual Conference & Exposition, Louisville, Kentucky. 10.18260/1-2--16602
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