The Michigan Tech Open Sustainability Technology (MOST) Lab is pleased to recognize an exceptional incoming first-year student who has actively improved the world during his or her high school career by awarding a third-generation MOST Delta 3-D Printer kit and free build workshop.
The MOST Lab focuses on open and applied sustainability—the application of science and innovation to ensure better quality of life for all, now and into the future, in a just and equitable manner, whilst living within the limits of supporting ecosystems.
MOST fosters strong collaboration between graduate and undergraduate researchers on campus, as well as with vast open source international networks. It is one of the most aggressive research groups on campus, publishing dozens of papers per year which are consistently covered by the national and international press.
One student will be selected to receive a third-generation MOST Delta 3-D Printer kit and participation in an (optional) free build workshop. The polymer RepRap 3-D printer is completely open source and hackable. Hardware and software design is based on Michigan Tech staff and student work. The printer can upgrade itself by printing improvements that let it print pastes, silicones, caulks, and composites, as well as do subtractive manufacturing such as vinyl cutting and milling PCBs for custom electronics. Print volume is 250mm diameter, 240mm high.
Who Should Apply
Current high school seniors planning to enroll at Michigan Tech for the fall 2018 semester who have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.75 or higher and SAT total of 1420 or higher or ACT composite of 31 or higher are invited to apply.
How to Apply
- Create a free user account on Appropedia, the largest collaborative website dedicated to sustainability, appropriate technology, poverty reduction, and permaculture.
- Choose a project you have completed during high school that made the world a better place and would be useful if other people replicated your work. Then share it with the world!
- Create a page documenting your project on the wiki Appropedia. If you haven't used a wiki before
see the help page and practice editing your own user page. Projects can be in any discipline—here are
- share code you wrote for a humanitarian medical project for a trip you took abroad
- describe how you improved the fuel efficiency of your car
- share how to organize a tutoring center for young children or peers
- provide open hardware documentation/instructions for UAVs you built to monitor forest fires
- share how you started a recycling program in your area or organized a highway cleanup
- explain how you tested for pollutants in your local river
- share how you educated your peers with a song or video you made to promote a social cause
- document how you started a business with social benefits
- share how you cut your summer job’s energy use by convincing your boss to do LED retrofits
- show how your art project inspired or educated people about human trafficking
- share how to make a garden a success in the UP
- Fill out the short application page to provide the link to your completed project page by 11:59 p.m. (eastern) on March 20.
Application Deadline and Other Important Dates
March 20: MOST Sharing Award applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (eastern)
- April 1: Award recipient is notified; other applicants will be notified that they were not selected
- Orientation Week: Pick up the printer in person when you arrive on campus