Maine Energy Fair Touts Cutting-Edge Subjects Like Fermenting Things, Windmills, And Window Glass. No Word on Alchemy, Miasmas, Phlogiston

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maine energy fairAt the 2012 Energy Fair held at the University of Maine’s Hutchinson Center in Belfast on Friday, May 4, dozens of Maine students from coastal and remote island communities made biodiesel fuel, built floating wind turbines and constructed interior storm windows as part of a national initiative to increase science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills.  The Island Institute’s Energy for ME project, funded by the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and Time Warner Cable’s Connect a Million Minds Initiative, hosted the event as part of a three-year effort to raise students’ data-literacy skills, provide hands-on STEM learning activities and pique their interest in STEM-related studies and careers. Throughout the day, students from the 10 participating schools presented their school teams’ energy projects, including energy-reduction public service announcements, a student-built, pedal-powered iPod charger, and data analysis of electricity usage in homes throughout their communities. Students interacted with energy professionals from around the state to learn about the STEM careers available to them now and in the future. (read more at The Free Press)

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