Hey! How’s it going? What’s new? What’s good? Stressful? How’s the weather in your hometown? How’s school treating you? I hope all those answers are in the positive
It’s been roughly two months of preparations, planning, phone calls, emails, meetings, and worrying since the last post here and I’m sure we can relate to each other there. You on your team, registration, idea and paper and me about the competition as a whole. But when you do what you love, there’s really nothing wrong with any of that. These ideas you have are the ideas that are going to make the next big impact on the world and it remains a pleasure to be able to put this together in a place where your ideas can be showcased to the world.
Once again the United State Patent office is working with the Clean Tech Competition to help get the winning idea to market, but that doesn’t mean if you don’t win, your idea is any less patentable. Sure the $10,000 first prize is awesome but let nothing stop you from finding the resources to get your idea into the hands of businesses where the most good can be done if you feel that passionate about it.
Speaking of passion, as you probably know, we have a world-class University serving as host for Clean Tech 2017: Stony Brook University. Otherwise known as SBU, Stony Brook University is an impressive campus and taking a recent tour of the buildings has provided me with a stunning inside view of this world-renowned University. The building that will play host for the Final of Clean Tech is incredible and “One of my favorite buildings on campus.” That quote comes from Joan Dickinson, the Director of Community Relations at Stony Brook. Not to toot their horn but take a look at this page for a moment…Okay… Now, I’ll toot their horn. In asking for a university to be a partner with us, you couldn’t have asked for a more scientific-passionate University! Should your team make the final, a tour of the scientific facilities is on your agenda! But should your team not be fortunate enough to be a Finalist, and if you want to know more, tool around on their website, see what they have to offer. One of those programs they offer is a Summer Science Research Program that the 2016 Clean Tech winner, Audrey Cheng, participated in, before winning Clean Tech 2016 and then starting her schooling at Princeton. Needless to say SBU has much to offer those interested in following a STEM pathway.
While you and I continue to work on our various projects and worry about things that worry us, remember that you’ve got until the 24th to register your team and your paper isn’t due until Friday the 14th of April to submit your paper. You can only submit your paper once so ensure it’s EXACTLY the way you want it before you click “submit”. If you have questions you can’t find within the FAQs or within the rules, send me an email through the contact form. I’m here from 8am to 4pm EST each work day for you.
Hope all’s well with you, I can’t wait to see how you’re going to Create A Greener Future!