Energize Your Future Workshop



Learn how to inspire students to pursue projects through challenges and the design of solutions using alternative energy, energy technology and environmental sustainability. You will leave with specific ideas on guiding students in their exploration of ideas as well as strategies for supporting their inquiry and design thinking.  A rubric for use in supporting student project work will be provided.

Use this workshop to prepare your students for WNY STEM Hub’s Energize Your Future competition powered by National Grid to be held during the 2019-20 school year. Students will submit a written proposal for their project. Winners will participate in a tradeshow style exhibit including a “Shark Tank” defense of their design. This is a high profile, high reward experience for youth that will connect them with the real world of energy!

Teachers can receive CTLE credits.  Youth advisors, parents, scout leaders and community members are encouraged to join the workshop.

More About the Student Competition

WNY STEM Hub, National Grid and our community partners are pleased to bring this unique competition to WNY public, private, charter and home-schooled high school students.  Details on the project challenge and registration of teams will be officially announced in the fall.

High school student teams of 1-4 are invited to develop an original concept which may include innovations related to energy technology or sustainability.  The idea can be a composition-of-matter, device, design, process, power system, service, start-up company, social enterprise, technology-based product etc. – anything that is innovative and addresses renewable energy or environmental sustainability.

The Qualifying Phase requires students to compose a report (not to exceed 12 pages) that addresses the following: Executive Summary of the Project Concept; Background Review; Energy, Environmental, or Social Impacts; Financial Feasibility; Marketing; Project Timeline; Team Biography; References. Teams are encouraged to use graphics, tables, and formatted text (bullets, underline, bold) to make the project document as readable, professional, and as compelling as possible.

The Finalist Phase requires the highest rated team submissions to prepare a tradeshow style exhibit (poster presentation) and an oral presentation (pitch) to be evaluated by the judges. Finalist teams must be prepared to give a 7 minute oral presentation, followed by a 3 minute question and answer session with judges (10 minutes total). Multimedia support (for video or PowerPoint) will be available.