EnergyWhiz

Hosted in Cocoa, FL at FSEC, EnergyWhiz is an exciting once-a-year gathering of students participating in fun educational competitions.

Register as many teams as you want for $10 each (in the store), they all have a chance to win design awards, but we may have to limit the number of teams who compete at EnergyWhiz to 3 based on the overall number of teams enrolled per competition.

If registration fees are a hardship, please contact Susan@fsec.ucf.edu

EnergyWhiz Logo
CompetitionsK-23-54-66-87-89-12Team SizeRules
Critter Comfort Cottage2-6TBA
Energy Inspired Art1-6TBA
Junior Solar Sprint2-4TBA
Solar Energy Cook-Off2-6TBA

September 1, 2024

Enrollment Opens

$10 per team

April 4, 2025, 6:00 PM

6:00 PM
Project Webpage Due
& Fees Paid

Your project webpages must be finished by 6PM on this day.
Enrollment fees must be paid by 6PM.

April 11, 2025

Design Judging Begins

Using the completed project websites, Judges grade projects based on design criteria.

April 17, 2025

Project Feedback to Teachers & Coaches

Based on the design judges, feedback is provided to teachers and coaches, allowing students to improve their physical projects and help to decide which teams should compete at EnergyWhiz.

April 23, 2025, 3:00 PM

3:00 PM
Teachers & Coaches Confirm Which Teams Will Compete at EnergyWhiz

By 3PM the teams that will be competing at EnergyWhiz must be confirmed.

April 26, 2025

EnergyWhiz

8:00 AM – 3:30 PM
FSEC
1679 Clearlake Road
Cocoa, FL 32922


Critter Comfort Cottage

The Critter Comfort Cottage (CCC) 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.

critter comfort cottage logo
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.

Energy Inspired Art Logo
energy inspired art example
T-Shirt Design Competition
EIA example

Junior Solar Sprint

In the Junior Solar Sprint (JSS) competition, students build a model size solar electric car. This event challenges students to use their science, creative thinking, and teamwork skills.

Supplemental classroom/team activities to aid team design decisions:
Student activities
JSS Teacher/coach pages

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

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

Solar Energy Cook-Off

Students design and building a solar thermal “oven” to cook their own tasty creations. These are then presented to a panel of judges. Students compete for best solar cooker design, as well as a culinary award.

solar energy cook off logo

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