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The EnergyWhiz is all about clean energy and creative kids. On the second Saturday in May each year, hundreds of students converge at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida to participate in renewable energy competitions.

Created by the Florida Solar Energy Center in 1999, the Energy Whiz is a forum for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, artistic and mathematics (STEAM) knowledge and skills, as they relate to energy topics such as solar thermal, photovoltaics (PV) and hydrogen technologies. Competitions include:

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EnergyWhiz Expos

EnergyWhiz Expos are regional events of various size and scope held prior to EnergyWhiz at The Florida Solar Energy Center.


Upcoming Expos:

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Junior Solar Sprint

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.

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Critter Comfort Cottage

This competition is for students in grades 4-12 to utilize energy-efficient and green building design and construction techniques to create the most cost-effective, comfortable “home” for a critter.
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Energy Transfer Machine

In this competition, students explore hydrogen power through hands-on engineering. Students in grades 6-12 demonstrate their understanding of hydrogen through a creative "timing" apparatus built with several 'Rube Goldberg'-type steps.

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Solar Energy Cookoff

Sponsored by Bright House Networks, this competition is for students in grades 4-12. Working in teams of two to six, students are judged on Best Oven Design and Top Solar Chefs.

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Energy Innovations

This 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.



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