August marked the road trip of a lifetime for seven students (ages
13 to 18) from regional tribes. They traveled 3,500 miles through
five Western states within one week to learn from state-of-the art
organizations about energy, technology and partnerships.
employee Alexandra Golobic explains the process of additive
manufacturing to seven students visiting the Laboratory as
part of the Inter-Tribal Energy and Tech Tour. Photo by Julie
Energy and Tech Tour (link is external) is an annual summer
camp, in its third year, coordinated by Redbridge, a Native American-owned
company located in Portland, Oregon, that markets energy and tourism
to tribes and tribally owned businesses.
As the tribal leaders of the future, the student participants,
representing tribes in Oregon, California, Nevada and Arizona were
given the opportunity to learn about innovations in science and
energy on a national level.
This year, the group visited six organizations including a daylong
visit to the Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL), co-sponsored
by the Laboratorys American Indian Activity Group (AIAG) and
the University Relations and Science Education Program.
Suzanne Singer (left) watches students build wind turbines
during a visit to the Laboratory as part of the Inter-Tribal
Energy and Tech Tour.
The group received facility tours of the National Ignition Facility,
Additive Manufacturing and the Center for Micro and Nano Technology,
and participated in the builidng of wind turbines, an activity led
by LLNL's Sonia Wharton and Matthew Simpson. During lunch, students
were treated to a panel discussion with researchers Kimberly Danny,
Monica Moya, Darlene Yazzie and Suzanne Singer.
Shannon Hulbert, president and CEO of Redbridge and founder
of the Energy and Tech Tour, grew up in Northern California on the
Yurok reservation. She is a member of the Yurok tribe, San Carlos
Apache and Salt River Pima tribe. Redbridge is all about forming
partnerships and being transparent, said Hulbert. I
have a deep passion for helping tribes and tribal youth navigate
energy and tech opportunities, she said.
The students came away with a new understanding of the
advancement of technology and how that might lead to future opportunities
for tribes, said Hulbert. During the tour at LLNL, the students
had the opportunity to meet with American Indian employees at LLNL
and learn about their own personal journeys from tribes to educational
pursuits to careers at a national laboratory. The openness
and willingness of the Lab hosts to share their personal experiences
was impactful and appreciated, said Hulbert. The students
also were able to learn first-hand how energy and technology can
open doors in their communities and lives.
students also toured the National Ignition Facility.
The Laboratorys AIAG conducts local Bay Area outreach
to the American Indian community in coordination with the Director's
Office to promote the Laboratorys science and engineering
For more information, see the agenda and brochure or visit the
Inter-Tribal Energy and Tech Tour website
(link is external) and Facebook
page (link is external).
Energy & Tech Tour
The Inter-Tribal Energy & Tech Tour is the first summer camp
committed to educating tomorrows tribal leadership on energy,
technology and partnership potential. 2-3 teens will be selected
from regional tribes to participate in a memorable 7-day tour of
inspiring native and non-native projects and places.