Events & Competitions

Learn about the events and competitions below.

EnergyWhiz
April 22, 2023
Cocoa, FL

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This in-person event is where it all started. Hosted in Cocoa, FL at the FSEC Energy Research Center, EnergyWhiz is an exciting once-a-year gathering of students participating in fun educational competitions. View and print an event flyer.

CompetitionsGradesDivisionsMax Teams
per School
Team SizeFee
per team
Rules
Critter Comfort Cottage3-123-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit2-6$40PDF
Energy Inspired ArtK-12K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit1-6$40PDF
Junior Solar Sprint4-84-6, 7-822-4$40PDF
Solar Energy Cook-Off3-123-5, 6-8, 9-1222-6$40PDF

EnergyWhiz Virtual
February 21 – 24, 2023

Visit EnergyWhiz Virtual 2022 now!
Your location won’t limit your participation in this virtual event. The rules are modified to accommodate on-line only submissions but the thrill of competing stays the same! The week-long format provides ample time to explore projects, leave constructive feedback and hear what others think of your work.

CompetitionsGradesDivisionsMax Teams
per School
Team SizeFee
per team
Rules
Critter Comfort Cottage3-123-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit1-6$10*PDF
Energy Inspired ArtK-12K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit1-6$10*PDF
Energy Transfer Machine3-123-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit1-6$10*PDF
Junior Solar Sprint4-84-6, 7-8No limit1-6$10*PDF
Solar Energy Cook-Off3-123-5, 6-8, 9-12No limit1-6$10*PDF

*or $40 per school for unlimited registrations

EnergyWhiz Regional Events
Dates set by each region

Similar to the in-person EnergyWhiz held at the FSEC Energy Research Center, these events are hosted by schools to bring the educational benefits and fun of EnergyWhiz to their local students without needing to travel to Cocoa, FL.

To host an EnergyWhiz Regional Event in your area, contact Penny Hall.

EventDateCompetitionsLocationContactRules
North FL RegionalTBDJunior Solar Sprint
Solar Energy Cook-Off
Leon High School
550 E Tennessee St, Tallahassee
ReThink Energy FloridaTBD
West FL RegionalTBDJunior Solar Sprint
Solar Energy Cook-Off
McLane Middle
Brandon
Mike WilsonTBD

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Competition Details

Critter Comfort Cottage

The Critter Comfort Cottage (C3) competition is a real-world engineering and communications challenge.  Students use green building design and construction techniques to create an energy-efficient, cost-effective, comfortable “home” for a critter. Teams must also create a marketing plan that describes the features and benefits of their comfort cottage for the critter they have selected.

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critter comfort cottage project
critter comfort cottage project
critter comfort cottage project
critter comfort cottage project

Energy Inspired Art

Energy Inspired Art (EIA) is a competition where the objective is to create a work of art that is inspired by an aspect of renewable energy, energy efficiency and/or climate science. Any art media, technique, visual, performance, musical or literary art may be submitted.

EIA Rules:

Judging Sheet Examples:

energy inspired art example
T-Shirt Design Competition
EIA example

Energy Transfer Machine

In the Energy Transfer Machine (ETM) competition students are challenged to transform everyday materials into a wacky, innovative machine that performs a variety of energy transfers within a specified time. The machine must accomplish a team-specified task at the one-minute mark. Students don’t need to transport their contraptions, instead they submit a video of their machine in action.

ETM Rules:

More Info:

Judging Sheet Examples:

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Junior Solar Sprint

In this Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition, students build a model size solar electric car. Students submit their design journals, photos and a video of their car running using the Sun’s Energy. Each car is judged on technology, craftsmanship, innovation and appearance. This event challenges students to use their science, creative thinking, and teamwork skills.

junior solar sprint logo

Judging Sheet Examples:

Supplemental classroom/team activities to aid  team design decisions:

Solar Car kits, which include a 3V solar panel and an electric motor, can be bought from:

Related Links:

Junior solar sprint race
Junior solar sprint race
Junior solar sprint fix it tent
Junior solar sprint race

Solar Energy Cook-Off

There are two parts to theSolar Energy Cook-Off (SECO) competition. Students will begin by designing and building a solar thermal “oven” to cook their tasty creations. Then, students present their solar-cooked dish to a panel of judges. Students compete for best solar cooker design, as well as a culinary award.

Students show off their knowledge and abilities in engineering and construction. Likewise, they also show their problem-solving skills.

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