Parker, a student in Irving, California had this to say while visiting the Solar Village at the US Department of Energy’s Solar Decathlon 2013:
It’s inspiring me because I see so many new ideas; I just think they’re amazing. What I want to do when I grow up is I want to become an architect so I can build buildings.
The US Department of Energy was unable to report on this year’s competition due to the government shutdown. While this lack of news cast a long shadow over the sun inspired event, the Department has created an excellent video so we can relive the excitement of being in the Solar Village and hear what inspired visitors and team members have to say. The following is from Energy.Gov:
Video: Training Clean Energy Leaders of the Future
Watch our latest video for highlights from this year’s Solar Decathlon and insights into how the competition is shaping the careers of the students involved and making sustainable home design popular. | Video by Matty Greene, Energy Department.
Last week, the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 wrapped up. Even though the sun has set at the Solar Decathlon village and students have gone home, their hard work is having a lasting effect on sustainable design and our nation’s clean energy leaders.
Screenshot from the video
A two-year competition that challenges collegiate teams to build energy-efficient, solar-powered houses, the Solar Decathlon is a perfect example of how the Energy Department is training and inspiring the next generation of architects, engineers and entrepreneurs.
Over the course of the competition, students gain hands-on experience in everything from fundraising and marketing to design and construction. Showcasing their houses to the general public allows students to get feedback on their designs and how they work in the real world — something that many of them would never get in the classroom.
But the Solar Decathlon goes far beyond inspiring just university and college students. From sparking the interest of a middle school student to create sustainable buildings to motivating a homeowner to install LED bulbs, the Solar Decathlon is also changing the way the general public thinks about sustainable home design. Visitors to the Solar Decathlon are learning that clean energy technology can help create homes that are attractive and cost effective without sacrificing comfort.
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