Student team leader for the UNLV Solar Decathlon on live chat with the Smithsonian Institution's Folk Life Festival

Jun. 26, 2020

On Friday, June 26, “Traditional Knowledge & Innovative Design at the Solar Decathlon.” was streamed live on the Smithsonian Folklife Festival website, as well as the Smithsonian Folklife Facebook and YouTube pages and will feature Ryan Manthei, student team leader for the UNLV Solar Decathlon.

This year, the Folklife Festival explored how cultural knowledge shapes the ways we understand, experience, and respond to ever-changing natural, social, and built environments. One of the programs featured is the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon, a collegiate competition, comprising ten contests, which challenges student teams to design and build highly efficient and innovative buildings powered by renewable energy. 

Each of the Solar Decathlon teams brought its own distinctive geographic location and cultural traditions to bear on designs and techniques for construction of their competing homes. Students combine traditional knowledge and practices with cutting-edge innovation to realize the future of our built environment. 

Students featured are:  

  • Chile: Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María; Valparaíso, Chile  
  • Netherlands: Hogeschool Utrecht University of Applied Sciences Utrecht; Utrecht, Netherlands  
  • United States: University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Las Vegas, Nevada