This year’s JUMP into STEM competition pushed students to research, collaborate, and develop possible solutions for three key issues facing the building science industry. The official 2020 challenges were advanced building construction methods, residential or commercial building energy audits, and grid-interactive efficient buildings (GEB).

“We are thrilled with this year’s JUMP into STEM challenge competition submissions,” said Kim Trenbath, who leads the National Renewable Energy Laboratory’s (NREL’s) buildings systems technology research and is NREL’s JUMP into STEM manager. “Participating teams represented a variety of schools across the United States, including historically black colleges and universities. We received many high-quality submissions with innovative and thoughtful ideas. Each student team discussed how they contributed to diversity in the building sciences, whether through their backgrounds or through diversity of thought. Congratulations to the challenge winners and challenge finalists.”

Learn more about the winners and runners-up for each challenge at