Building Science Student Competition
NREL has teamed up with Oak Ridge National Laboratory to put together a building science student competition called JUMP into STEM (https://jump.ideascale.com/a/index). This is the first year that NREL is involved. Oak Ridge has been managing this crowdsourcing competition for a handful of years, but last year was the first year that it was directed toward students. We want to grow the competition to be known like the Solar Decathlon. This competition is sponsored by the DOE’s Building Technologies Office and Mary Hubbard is the DOE manager.
Brief breakdown on the competition
- There are 3 challenges, which students (individuals OR teams) are asked to respond to in written form:
- Real-time data visualization for homeowners and behaviors (closes November 30, 2018)
- Automated Fault Detection and Diagnostics of a small commercial building (released TODAY! closes November 30, 2018)
- Retrofitting the envelope of a residential building (closes February 8, 2019)
- During the open challenge period, all (students, professors, the public) are welcome to comment on the submissions. There are also educational webinars (directed at students) on each topic.
- After the challenge closes, a panel of 3 judges (representing lab/DOE, academia, and industry) evaluate all the submissions in a challenge and select a winner (3 challenge winners).
- The winners of the three competitions will be invited to present their ideas and compete in the “final competition”, which will have another panel of judges.
- The winners of the final competition have the opportunity work as an paid intern at either NREL or Oak Ridge during summer 2019. There is a big push for some of these interns to be underrepresented in the building sciences, and this will be included in the team evaluation criteria.
All information about the competition can be found on the website: https://jump.ideascale.com/a/index.