November 1st: Abstracts due
November 4th- November 8th: Crowd discuss of abstracts on Facebook
November 15th: Submit revised abstracts
November 18th: Announcement of project ideas
November 18th- March 6th: Work on your Round 2 project
March 6th: Submission deadline for Round 2 project
March 16th- March 24th: Crowd discuss on Facebook
March 25th: Winners announced!
$4,000 1st Prize
$2,500 2nd Prize
$500 Crowd vote
$500 Critic Award
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Conventional batteries rely on the electronic properties of various chemicals in order to store electrical energy, and release it when needed.
This tutorial covers how to use batteries and a few other commonly available products to make a battery that can run small things like calculators or LEDs, and can be scaled up, depending on your needs.
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Battery capacity and speed of charging are big limitations for electricity storage. Supercapacitors enable rapid charging, but are expensive to produce. This research team at Oregon State University is developing a way to make cheap supercapacitors out of plant cellulose.