The EnergyWhiz Olympics is all about clean energy and creative kids. Each year, on the first Saturday in May, hundreds of students converge at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida to participate in renewable energy themed events. Take a look at our Energy Whiz video and see for yourself.
For more detailed information about this year's event, take a look at the EnergyWhiz Olympics Brochure (Adobe PDF, 9.08MB PDF does not render properly in Firefox 19.0). Or if you would like to sign up as a volunteer go to http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/go/ewvolunteer.
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Created by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1999, the EnergyWhiz Olympics is a forum for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) knowledge and skills as they relate to such energy topics as solar thermal, photovoltaics (PV) and hydrogen technology. Competitions associated with the EnergyWhiz Olympics include:
|Critter Comfort Cottage
The Critter Comfort Cottage (C3) competition is a real-world, engineering and communications challenge for 4th through 12 graders, which showcases energy efficient building design and construction.
Middle school students, in grades 4 - 8 are invited to design, build and race Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) cars. The small model cars—powered entirely by solar energy and steered by wires—are built as team efforts under the guidance of a teacher or mentor.
A competition that was developed to provide opportunities for students to explore hydrogen power through a hands-on engineering component. The students in grade 6-12 show understanding of hydrogen through a creative "timing" apparatus built with several 'Rube Goldberg' type steps.
Energy Innovations is a real world design competition using full-scale solar electric (Photovoltaic) panels. Middle and high school students explore engineering and the growing technology of photovoltaics through this design and marketing challenge.
The Solar Energy Cook-off is a solar cooker competition for students in grades 4 - 12. The teams demonstrate the performance of their solar heating devices, that they have designed and built by cooking an original dish of food created for the competition. Each solar cooker and recipe is judged by a panel of experts.
The EVTC Electrathon demonstrates real-world alectric vehicle technology through through custom, participant-designed and built, electric vehicles. Powered by an electric motor and batteries, these go-cart-type vehicles must be skillfully designed and driven to maximize distance traveled within a given time limit.
|Horizon Hydrogen Automotive Challenge
High School teams build, modify and race a 1:10 scale hydrogen fuel cell remote control car in a 6 hour competition. This endurance fuel cell race will test the cars performance as well as the strategy of the team throughout the curves of the race track, pit stops for refueling, and management of the car's energy resources.
|2014 Winners' Circle|
|2013 Winners' Circle|
|2012 Winners' Circle|
|2011 Winners' Circle|