Challenge - SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

In collaboration with the UN Development Program, we are hosting challenges for individuals, groups, science clubs and schools. Each challenge relates to Space STEM and the Sustainable Development Goals ("SDG"s).

Challenge - SDG 7 Affordable and Clean Energy

What is the challenge?
In this challenge we learn about natural light, the energy from our sun, and design and test a concept for solar energy harvesting and use. Your submission includes your recommendations on an installation or optimisation of an existing installation that could be made to provide affordable and clean energy in your community.

How do we tackle this challenge?

  • Preparation - You will be supported through this challenge, and we will provide background information and support, to give context to this challenge.
  • Part 1 – Set up at least three kits to collect data and post to the data dashboard over at least one week. 
  • Part 2 – validate your data:
    • Complete an assignment with data collected by an identical kit in a controlled environment (solar eclipse). The output of this assignment is understanding the correlations between data sets
    • Extract 24 hours of data from your own kit and apply the same methods as in the assignment
    • Is your data reliable enough? Do you need to change your kit installation to make the data more dependable?
    • Based on at least 7 days of data collection, where do you believe the most solar energy could be harvested?
  • Part 3 - what three recommendations can you make to ensure that affordable and clean energy is provided or improved in your community, in line with achieving UN Sustainable Development Goal 7?
  • Part 4 - how would you apply these recommendations when designing a lunar habitat?

Support provided
When you sign up for this challenge, you will be given access to our learning portal. Once you access this portal you will be able to ask questions of industry specialist mentors, access support materials and videos.

There is a link in the learning portal for you to submit your challenge report. The deadline is 30th September each year.

We will be awarding prizes to the top 5 submissions received before the deadline.

Equipment required
To participate in this challenge you will need the MaxIQ SDG STEM kit. 
If you not have a kit, you are able to purchase one when you sign up for the challenge.

Sign up
To participate in this challenge you have two options:

  • We have the MaxIQ SDG STEM kit (link)
  • We need the kit to participate (link)

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