Winners of the Ten-Hundred and One Word Challenge Contest
The Ten Hundred and One Word Challenge invited the 46 Energy Frontier Research Centers (EFRCs) to represent their science in images, cartoons, photos, words and original paintings, but any descriptions or words could only use the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language, with the addition of one word important to each of the EFRCs and the mission of DOE: energy.
The Challenge was inspired by Up Goer Five, a comic by xkcd.com where the cartoonist describes the complicated blueprint of the Saturn V rocket using only the 1000 most commonly used words in the English language.
Thirty-one teams took up the challenge, and submitted a diverse array of highly creative and visually captivating entries that told the story of the innovative, ground-breaking science performed in the EFRCs. The Office of Science is pleased to announce the six winning posters:
Powering your car with sun light
Center for Lignocellulose Structure and Formation led by Pennsylvania State University
Using all the Energy from the Sun to Make Power
Overall Winner Runner-up
Center for Energy Nanoscience led by the University of Southern California
When small is better than BIG
Overall Winner Runner-up and People's Choice Winner
Center for Advanced Solar Photophysics led by Los Alamos National Laboratory
Not Your Normal Power Box
Best Science Lesson
Center for Electrical Energy Storage led by Argonne National Laboratory
The walk forward of sun-grown green-thing energy
Center for Direct Catalytic Conversion of Biomass to Biofuels led by Purdue University
The Challenge entry that received the most votes from the public between July 3, 2013 at 5:00 p.m. EDT to July 16, 2013 at 11:59 pm EDT was given the People’s Choice Award. The five winning entries were selected by an internal Department of Energy panel of judges.
For more information about the Energy Frontier Research Centers program, visit the official website.