The Future Earth Event

Northeast Ohio middle schools and middle school-aged students – You are invited to participate in the 5th annual Future Earth Event at Cleveland State University on Thursday, May 16, from 9 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. The event will include a Junior Solar Sprint Race, KidWind Challenge, and TED Talk Jr event at Cleveland State University, Woodling Gym Courtyard, 2451 Euclid Ave, Cleveland.

The U.S. Department of Energy NREL’s Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) Program is a classroom-based, hands-on educational STEM activity for 6th – 8th grade students. JSS student teams apply math, science, and creativity to design, construct, and test model solar-powered cars and then race them on a 20-meter track

The KidWind Challenge is a national middle school STEM event similar to the JSS activity, where students design a model wind turbine within constraints to generate the most amount of energy from a set amount of time within a wind tunnel.

TED Talk Jr tasks middle school students to envision what they want they want their future to be in terms of transportation, energy, sustainability, architecture, agriculture…. Students will give 3 to 7 minute TEDTalk-like speeches. This is NOT a competition, but a sharing of ideas; a platform for student voices in the direction of the country/world’s future.

Planning on attending or need more info? Please email or call Kurt Thonnings,, 440-835-6340 (school) or 330-239-4545 (cell phone).

In case of a cloudy or rainy day, JSS race will be run with batteries.

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