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Spring 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0

Posted on: 4/10/2017 11:02 AM

Join us this Friday, April 14th, to hear Andy Robinson present "Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0".

About the Talk: Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 is a community-wide residential and commercial discount program for solar. Offered by the City of Urbana and the Midwest Renewable Energy Association, home and business owners throughout Champaign County may participate in this program to help pool their buying power to secure significant discounts that make installing solar more affordable than ever.

The first step to participating in Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 is to attend a free Solar Power Hour and discover the benefits of solar energy for your home, small business or farm. This one-hour presentation discusses solar market trends, describes the basic components of a solar photovoltaic (PV) system, outlines the process for installing solar PV, introduces incentive options and economic benefits, and outlines next steps for participating in the Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0 group buy. More information at the Solar Urbana-Champaign website.

Topic: Solar Urbana-Champaign 2.0

When: Friday, April 14th, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

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National Center for Supercomputing Applications Special Event

Posted on: 4/6/2017 10:23 AM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ Science ] [ Technology ]

Kai Staats, filmmaker and Visiting Scientist at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, will give his talk "Making Movies about Making History: A Non-linear Journey from LEGO to LIGO". His talk will be about his work on HPC, LIGO science, and filmmaking.

On September 14, 2015, the twin Laser Interferometer Gravitational-wave Observatory (LIGO) detectors, located in Livingston, Louisiana, and Hanford, Washington measured ripples in the fabric of spacetime – gravitational waves – generated by the merger of two massive black holes over one billion light years from Earth. This discovery is the culmination of decades of instrument research and development through a world-wide collaboration of more than one thousand researchers and scientists. It proves a prediction made by Einstein 100 years ago, is the first direct observation of black holes, and the beginning of a new era of gravitational-wave astronomy.

When: Monday, April 10th, 2017 at 12:00pm

Where: NCSA Building, 1205 W. Clark St, Room 1040, Urbana

For more information, watch LIGO Detection, a short documentary film by Kai Staats, or visit Kai Staats website.

New board game educates students about pipeline network

Posted on: 4/4/2017 2:49 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ Education ] [ MSTE Team ]

Jana Sebestik and Elliot Schultz, two members of the MSTE office, have created a board game to help the public – K-12 students in particular – better understand America’s pipeline system. The game was debuted at the 2017 Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium (CREDC) Industry Workshop that took place in Tempe, Arizona from March 27-29, 2017.

The board game takes a player along a path through the United States, similar to the course a pipeline may follow. As users move forward by rolling a die, they will stop on spaces where they can learn more about various components of the oil network, including oil wells, refineries, gas stations, and others.

The back of the game is wired with copper tape and the circuitry connects to a Makey Makey circuit board, which connects the game to the Internet – in this case, to Scratch, a popular visual programming language used for educational purposes. When a game piece lands on a space on the game board that is wired through the Makey Makey circuit board to connect with the software interface, the game piece activates code in Scratch to deliver information – in both audio and visual formats.

The beauty of the game, according to Sebestik, is that it offers students the opportunity to enhance the experience by producing their own code, which can be connected to the online interface.

For more information, read the full article on the Information Trust Institue's website. For more information about the Cyber Resilient Energy Delivery Consortium, visit the CREDC website.

Spring 2017 MSTE Friday Lunch - Hunger in the Local Community

Posted on: 3/27/2017 2:20 PM

MSTE Friday Lunches are back! Join us this Friday, March 31st, to hear Michael McKelvey, Rebecca Byrd, Melinda Garrelts, Max Colon, and Ann Kirkland present “Hunger in the Local Community”.

About the Talk: The 5th annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS) is coming up on April 8, 2017. Over 1,000 volunteers participate in this community-wide event each year, logging thousands of hours of volunteering time on this day alone. CUVolunteer, Illini Fighting Hunger, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, and a host of other University and community groups have worked together to make this event possible.

Learn how Illini Fighting Hunger and Feeding Our Kids are helping fight hunger in our community. Plus, you’ll have an opportunity to taste the meals you’ll be packaging, using several recipes designed by Illini Fighting Hunger and Nutrition students at the U of I.

There is still time for you to get involved in the Day of Service! Join CCDOS by registering for the Food Packaging Project or letting us know about your own community service project.

Topic: Hunger in the Local Community

When: Friday, March 31st, 2017 from 12:00-1:00pm

Where: 505 E Green St, Classroom 201, Champaign, IL 61820

All are welcome, but please don’t forget to RSVP via the MSTE Friday Lunch website!

Registration Open for the 2017 CCDOS Food Packaging Project!

Posted on: 3/2/2017 12:09 PM
Topics: [ Announcements ] [ CUVolunteer ] [ Outreach ]

All are welcome (and encouraged!) to participate in the fifth annual Community & Campus Day of Service (CCDOS)! On Saturday, April 8, 2017, members of the Food Packaging Project plan to package 150,000 meals — one thousand for every year of public engagement since the University was chartered — for local foodbanks to be distributed to needy families in Champaign-Urbana.

Hundreds of volunteers are needed for the food packaging project, which will take place on the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign campus. Several volunteer shifts will be available during the day. If you would like to help out, please register for a timeslot in advance. Space is limited and this project is very popular!

The following timeslots are available:

  • 9:00 am - 10:00 am (no food packaging; bag labeling only)
  • 9:30 am - 11:00 am
  • 10:00 am - 11:30 am
  • 10:30 am - 12:00 noon
  • 11:00 pm - 12:30 pm
  • 11:30 pm - 1:00 pm
  • 12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
  • 1:00 pm - 3:00pm: Memorial Stadium cleanup
  • 3:00 pm - 5:00 pm: Wesley Food Pantry cleanup (at Wesley Food Pantry)

Visit the CCDOS 2017 Registration page to sign up for a time slot today!


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