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STUDENTS OUTSHINE RAIN AT ENERGYWHIZ OLYMPICS

Thursday, May 8th, 2014

COCOA, May 3, 2014—Despite discouraging weather forecasts, more than 450 students traveled from as far away as Key West and Tallahassee to compete in the EnergyWhiz Olympics at UCF’s Florida Solar Energy Center today. The sun didn’t shine, but the competitions went on…well, at least part of them.

In the Bright House Solar Energy Cookoff, ovens were judged only on design. The morning started out cloudy and oven temperatures only reached 100 degrees before the heavy rains appeared. Also impacted by the rain was the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS), a model solar car race.

“We were hopeful the rain would go around us, but not this year. It’s the first time in 14 years that we couldn’t hold the Junior Solar Sprint,” said Susan Schleith, K-12 education coordinator at FSEC.

The JSS and cooking portion of the solar ovens have been postponed until next week.

Not severely impacted by the rain were Energy Innovations, a full-scale solar electric design and marketing challenge, and the Critter Comfort Cottage, an energy-efficient and green building pet home design competition.

Independent of the weather was the Hydrogen Challenge, where students utilized a fuel cell in a creative timing apparatus, built with several Rube Goldberg-type steps.

“Join us Saturday, May 12 as performance of the solar cookers and car designs are put to the test. Vehicles will be raced and teams will cook their solar recipes for culinary experts to experience,” said Schleith.

 

WINNERS

Solar Energy Cookoff

Best Design – Elementary Division

1st Place – Ocean Breeze Elementary, Indian Harbour Beach

2nd Place – Lewis Carroll Elementary, Merritt Island

3rd Place – Martinez Middle, Lutz

Best Design – Middle School Division

1st Place – Lake Nona Middle, Orlando

2nd Place – Girl Scout Troop 30027, Stuart

3rd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

Best Design – High School Division

1st Place – Pine Ridge High, Deltona

2nd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

WOW! Award – Elementary Division

Ocean Breeze Elementary, Indian Harbour Beach

WOW! Award – Middle School Division

Lake Nona Middle, Orlando

WOW! Award – High School Division

Lyman High, Longwood

 

Hydrogen Challenge

1st Place – Lake Nona Middle, Orlando

2nd Place – Milwee Middle, Longwood

3rd Place – Hidden Oaks Middle, Palm City

Precision Award – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

WOW! Award – Lake Nona Middle, Orlando

 

Energy Innovations

Middle School Division

1st Place – Gulf Coast Academy, Palm City

2nd Place – Global Prospective, West Palm Beach

3rd Place – Milwee Middle, Longwood

High School Division

1st Place – Key West High, Key West

2nd Place – Island Coast High, Cape Coral

3rd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

WOW! Award Middle School Division

Gulf Coast Academy, Palm City

WOW! Award High School Division

Key West High, Key West

 

Critter Comfort Cottage

Middle School Division

1st Place – Hidden Oaks Middle, Palm City

2nd Place – Hidden Oaks Middle, Palm City

3rd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High

High School Division

1st Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

2nd Place – Key West High, Key West

3rd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

WOW! Award – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

 

Junior Solar Sprint

Best Design – Elementary Division

1st Place – Gulf Coast Middle, Spring Hill

2nd Place – Martinez Middle, Lutz

3rd Place – Imagine Charter of North Lauderdale, North Lauderdale

Best Design – Middle School Division

1st Place – Brandon Robotics Engineering Academy, Brandon

2nd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

3rd Place – Edgewood Jr/Sr High, Merritt Island

Most Innovative – Elementary Division

1st Place – Gulf Coast Middle, Spring Hill

2nd Place – Gulf Coast Middle, Spring Hill

3rd Place – Pine View School, Osprey

Most Innovative – Middle School Division

1st Place – Conway Middle, Orlando

2nd Place – Brandon Robotics Engineering Academy, Brandon

3rd Place – Cocoa Jr/Sr High, Cocoa

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High Resolution Photos Available at: http://www.fsec.ucf.edu/download/communications/

 

About FSEC: The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research institute in the nation. Current divisions and their research activities include Advanced Energy Research: alternative transportation fuels, batteries, hydrogen fuel and fuel cells; Buildings Research: energy-efficient buildings; and Solar Energy: solar water and pool heating, and photovoltaic (solar electric) systems. For more information about the center, visit http://www.floridaenergycenter.org or call the FSEC Public Affairs Office at
321-638-1015.

 
America’s Partnership University: The University of Central Florida, the nation’s second-largest university with nearly 60,000 students, has grown in size, quality, diversity and reputation in its first 50 years. Today, the university offers more than 200 degree programs at its main campus in Orlando and more than a dozen other locations. UCF is an economic engine attracting and supporting industries vital to the region’s future while providing students with
real-world experiences that help them succeed after graduation. For more information, visit http://today.ucf.edu.
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Students Shine at EnergyWhiz Olympics

Friday, May 15th, 2009

Florida students have creative ideas for solving some of our world’s greatest energy challenges, and their renewable energy solutions were demonstrated at the EnergyWhiz Olympics – a series of day-long activities dedicated to students with an interest in alternative fuel technologies.

Nearly 700 students throughout Florida converged at the University of Central Florida’s Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa on Saturday, May 9, 2009 to compete in the seventh-annual EnergyWhiz Olympics. Events included the new Bright House Solar Energy Cookoff, a solar cooker and cooking contest; the Junior Solar Sprint, model-size solar car races; the High School Hydrogen Sprint, model-size hydrogen fuel cell car races; and Energy Innovations, a full-scale solar electric design challenge.

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Teachers Learn A Life-Saving Skill: How to Build a Solar Cooker

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

What does an umbrella, inner tube and mylar blanket have in common?  They are all components of innovative solar cooker designs.

Seventeen teachers came to the Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) in Cocoa this past Saturday, from as far away as Sarasota and Port St. Lucie, to learn how to build solar cookers.

Teachers learn how to construct solar cookers from everyday items such as an umbrella.

Teachers learn how to construct solar cookers from everyday items such as an umbrella.

Working in teams, the teachers constructed five different solar cookers.  Each design used common household items in creative ways, including an umbrella, inner tube, and plant stand, to name just a few.  Armed with new information, strategies and inspiration, these teachers will work with their students to build a variety of solar cookers.  The student-designed and built cookers will be on display at the Bright House Solar Energy Cook-off at FSEC’s EnergyWhiz Olympics on May 9. In Top Chef style, student teams will also submit a food cooked in their solar cooker to be judged by a panel of experts.
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