National Science Foundation Launches Green Revolution Video Series
A fresh take on cutting edge research to develop and improve the use of clean energy sources
Today the National Science Foundation released online its "Green Revolution" video series. These educational videos, each about five minutes long, feature scientists and engineers who are working to develop and improve the use of clean energy sources, new fuels and other energy-related technologies. Each segment explores the research carried out by men and women at the forefront of discovery and innovation related to clean energy, as well as some of the basic science behind their work.
During a speech at the National Academy of Sciences last year, President Obama spoke of the need to "spark a sense of wonder and excitement" in the nation's young people to pursue careers in science and engineering. As today's researchers develop new ways to convert sunlight to electricity, distribute energy with a smart grid and store clean energy with advanced batteries, they blaze the trail for future explorers and inventors. The Administration's "New Energy for America" plan will provide the opportunity for thousands of American students to pursue careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship related to clean energy. These young men and women will invent and help commercialize advanced energy technologies of the future to capture, share and store energy obtained from clean energy sources.
As part of a science and engineering initiative to educate students in fields contributing to energy science and engineering systems, the "Green Revolution" series aims to encourage people to ask questions and look beyond fossil fuels for innovative solutions to our ever-growing energy needs. Each episode is accompanied by supplemental materials for educators, including brief descriptions of the scientific concepts relevant to the technology. Additional videos are scheduled for release this summer.
The National Science Foundation (NSF) is an independent federal agency that supports fundamental research and education across all fields of science and engineering. In fiscal year (FY) 2016, its budget is $7.5 billion. NSF funds reach all 50 states through grants to nearly 2,000 colleges, universities and other institutions. Each year, NSF receives more than 48,000 competitive proposals for funding and makes about 12,000 new funding awards. NSF also awards about $626 million in professional and service contracts yearly.
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