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2016-17 Community College Innovation AwardsEntries are being accepted for the 2016-17 Community College Innovation Challenge, an annual competition that asks student teams to come up with solutions to real-world problems using science, technology, engineering or math (STEM).

This year's projects must fit one of three themes: Maker to Manufacturer, Energy and Environment, or Security and Technologies. The deadline to submit projects is Feb. 15.

Sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the American Association of Community Colleges, the challenge is in its third year. California's community colleges have been well represented in past competitions. 2015 semifinalists included the Delta STEM team from Citrus College, Glendora, Calif., for “The Power of Role Models in STEM Education.”

For information about the challenge and how to enter, visit

Crista Souza is the TechEDge News Editor