The National Science Foundation (NSF), in partnership with the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC), has named 10 finalists for the fourth annual Community College Innovation Challenge (CCIC).
Students in Biotechnology at LA Mission College, an SFAz KickStarter Cohort 1 College, were among the top ten finalists for their project:
Los Angeles Mission College, California: Using wastewater to generate electricity in LA
This project uses bacteria in an innovative microbial fuel cell configuration to treat wastewater and produce energy.
CCIC seeks to strengthen entrepreneurial thinking among community college students by challenging them to use science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) to find innovative solutions to real-world problems. Each student team works with a faculty mentor and industry partner to develop STEM-based solutions. Finalists attend an NSF-AACC-sponsored Innovation Boot Camp in Alexandria, Virginia, in June. At the boot camp, students interact with entrepreneurs and experts in business planning, stakeholder engagement, communication and marketplace dynamics.