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UConn Will Soon Have a ‘Solar Tree,’ Thanks to Interdisciplinary Group of Faculty and Students

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Professors with a variety of expertise, as well as college and high school students, are working on the solar tree. Credit: Lisa Prevost
Professors with a variety of expertise, as well as college and high school students, are working on the solar tree. Credit: Lisa Prevost
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Lightning Talk for National Science Foundation-sponsored Convergence Accelerator Conference for Food Security in Extreme Environments and Food Deserts

The STEAM Tree was featured as part of the National Science Foundation-sponsored Convergence Accelerator Conference for Food Security in Extreme Environments and Food Deserts on 19-21 May. Check out out “Lightning Talk”!
For more information, visit their website here.

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UConn’s STEAM Team: Solar Trees and the Power of Community

An article written about the STEAM Tree by a UConn Student
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The STEAM Tree is a UConn-based initiative developed by a multidisciplinary team, comprised of students and professors, from a broad range of skills and interests. We’ve applied Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics (STEAM) to create an artistically-designed clean energy system that is nature-inspired, functional, and enjoyable.

Design picture by Christopher Sancomb
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🌳#throwback to one of our first meetings in person! We finally got to meet each other, and we got to talk how we imagine our tree looking. We sketched, talked, shared and listen to one another. Check our stories to see how that looked like! ...

Looks like a good tree to hang out under 😉

We appreciate what nature has to offer, that’s why we are taking the best of biological design and creating the STEAM-Tree! 🌳🌴🌲
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Here is Professor Cynthia Jones giving the STEAMteam a tour of UConn’s trees and their anatomical functional responses to environment.

Biophilic design is a top priority for our community-centered solar panel installation!
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The urban sphere can no longer afford to exist separately from nature. The future of cities will ensure that ALL people, plants and animals have the opportunity to live a happy, healthy and opportune life.

The STEAMteam is currently developing an experimental incubator with sustainability in mind. This group is made up of engineers, designers, social-researchers, biologists, & urbanists to develop a holistic new way of living.

How do you see the urban future?
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In the Gokhale Institute of Politics & Economics, students hold weekly Policy decisions under “The Banyan Tree”

The concept of education amid nature is making a comeback. When we come together under a shared natural roof, understanding comes easy.
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