Free Solar Energy Design Curriculum Module

VHS has created an abbreviated independent learning opportunity (ILO) version of curriculum that introduces students to Energy3D and guides them to create a solar model of their own home or similar residential building.   That ILO is available within D2L here: Solar Energy Design ILO.  It is also freely available to the public on our website in PDF and zip file (for LMS import) formats here: Solar Energy Design ILO (public).

Free seats in VHS Solar Energy Design Summer course

We have a limited number of FREE seats in our summer session 1 offering of Solar Energy Design. This robust 4-week course is offered in partnership with Concord Consortium through a federally supported grant from the National Science Foundation and by General Motors. We are looking for a number of motivated students who are interested in engineering and solar science, to participate in this exciting opportunity, using Energy 3-D software to model and solarize a home. Please let us know if you have a high school student that would like the opportunity take this course at no charge (Note: due to the limited number of seats available for this opportunity, we can only allow up to 3 seats per school.) by contacting us at: for additional information.

Solar Energy Design Challenge with Virtual High School (VHS)

The Solar Energy Design Challenge will run from June 1st through July 31st.

The top models submitted between June 1st and July 30th, selected by a panel of expert judges, will receive a cash prize as follows: $500 for first place, $200 for second place, and $100 for third place, along with Certificate of Excellence provided by the organizers.

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Direct from School Project Entry to MSSEF

Did you know that you can send additional students to the statewide high school science fair at MIT at no cost?

Here’s How!

All high schools in Massachusetts may send up to two projects (as space allows) -- either individual or team projects -- to the State Science & Engineering Fair (MSSEF). These projects are known as  Direct Entry projects (DE).

Special Note: DE projects are in addition to any others by students from your school that placed high enough in your regional fair, and therefore received an invitation to move up to the MA State Science & Engineering Fair competition at MIT.

It is your choice which Direct Entry projects you select to participate. However, MSSEF recommends you collaborate with your “science fair coordinator” to determine which projects would be most appropriate and which students would benefit the most. 

There is no cost to your school or to your students.

To meet registration criteria, students must have followed the guidelines, rules, regulations and have had their research plans approved before they began experimentation.  

For complete information:

If you have students who would like to participate, please send all information to your regional director immediately following your regional fair, but no later than March 15th Contact information can be found here:

MSSEF will send an invitation to your students who qualify, and they will need to be State approved by the State SRC using our online system, and then register for the Fair.


High School Summer Pre-College Program

Frontiers is a 2 week residential summer program for rising juniors and seniors to explore a multitude of disciplines in STEM with current laboratory techniques and exploring unsolved problems. Students will be utilizing state-of-the-art technology and facilities, and enjoy added activities such as evening workshops, field trips, movies, live performances, and tournaments. Applications are open! Learn more and apply...