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Blue Planet Foundation’s Inaugural Student Energy Summit

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Blue Planet Foundation will kick off its inaugural Stud­ent Energy Summit on November 7, 2015, at the Homer A. Maxey International Trade Resource Center on Oahu. This one-day workshop will gather middle and high school students from across the state to learn about Hawaii’s current energy landscape and its opportunities for the future. The Student Energy Summit will be an opportunity for students from all islands to network and collaborate with like-minded peers, applying their existing STEM knowledge to real-world challenges and exploring innovative ideas to address them. 

“Blue Planet wants to provide a forum to cultivate both ideas and students’ minds to help solve the biggest challenge of their generation,” stated Francois Rogers, Special Projects Director at Blue Planet Foundation. “These students are tomorrow’s clean energy leaders. We want to inspire and excite them about the 100% renewable future that they are going to help create.”

The summit, which will incorporate a month-long online curriculum leading up to the event, will focus on experiential and interactive learning. Students will put their problem-solving skills into action through a design-thinking challenge on the day of the summit. The challenge is aimed at encouraging critical thinking through a variety of lenses, including an understanding of economic and policy dynamics, as well as technological and engineering considerations. Students will also have the option of teaming up for an innovation contest, supported by a small stipend to bring their ideas to life.

Several sponsors have helped make Blue Planet’s vision for a student-focused energy conference a reality. This year’s event is sponsored by Hawaii Energy, Energy Excelerator, and the Bill Healy Foundation, with support from Hawaiian Airlines, the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism, and Oceanit. “We are grateful to be working with such a strong group of sponsors with demonstrated experience in and longtime support for energy education,” continued Rogers.

Blue Planet Foundation also has a strong history of engagement with schools across Hawaii, from its Better Bulbs Blitz—which replaced 300,000 incandescent bulbs with CFLs by working with schools and community groups across the state—to classroom presentations and school sustainability fairs. Earlier this year, Blue Planet worked with fifteen schools and nearly 500 students and teachers statewide for an Earth Day campaign to show legislators their support for 100% renewable energy through drawings and letters.

Students from all islands are invited to participate in the 2015 Student Energy Summit. Thanks to the partnership with Hawaiian Airlines, a select number of neighbor island students will receive a travel allowance to attend.

To register or for more information, click here.

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