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 their high school career by awarding an open source 3-D printer kit and copy of Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects. Runners-up will also receive a copy of the book.
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 an open source 3-D Printer kit, built on the RepRap 3-D printer tradition that is completely open source and hackable. They can then use it to prototype their own ideas and/or make any of the millions of free designs already shared in the global commons. The winner and runners up will receive a copy of the book Create, Share, and Save Money Using Open-Source Projects.
Who Should Apply
Current high school seniors (or those who graduated in 2020 and are not taking college courses following high school graduation) who plan to enroll at Michigan Tech for the fall 2021 semester and have a cumulative high school GPA of 3.00 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, and poverty reduction.
- Choose a project you 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 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 with LED retrofits
- show how your art project inspired or educated people about human trafficking
- share how to make a garden a success
- Fill out the short application page to provide the link to your completed project page by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern) on February 15.
Application Deadline and Other Important Dates
February 15: MOST Sharing Award applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (Eastern)
- April 1: Award recipient and runners up are notified; other applicants will be notified that they were not selected
- Orientation Week: Pick up the printer and/or copy of Create when you arrive on campus