Boise State English team reaches national challenge finals

English students from Boise State have advanced to the final round of the National Geothermal Design Challenge.
English students from Boise State have advanced to the final round of the National Geothermal Design Challenge. | File photo

English students from Boise State have advanced to the final round of the National Geothermal Design Challenge, hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy Geothermal Technologies Office.

The team consisted of students Rae Felte, Maria Willacy and Julie Weigt, with English professor Russell Willerton leading the team. The team began the challenge by designing an infographic to tell a captivating story about the future of geothermal energy and its impact on the environment. The story -- created by Felte, Willacy and Weigt -- is one of 12 finalists in the nation and will be put up against stories from teams out of Carnegie Mellon and Yale, among others.

“We need to show that Boise State students can compete on a higher level than the other schools,” Willerton said when speaking of his team and the challenge. “The social media part is in full swing and we need your help to smash the competition.”

The team will be campaigning on social media through Thursday to promote their infographic on geothermal energy using the hashtag #geoavengers. To help the team, like or share their posts on Facebook and Twitter.

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