Events & Competitions

EnergyWhiz
April 30, 2022
Cocoa, Florida

CompetitionsGradesMax Teams
per School
Team SizeFee per teamRulesAwards
Critter Comfort Cottage4-12No limit2-6$40PDFLink
Energy Innovations (Construction)4-12No limit2-6$40PDFLink
Energy Innovations (Fine Art)1-12No limit2-6$40PDFLink
Energy Transfer Machine3-1242-6$40PDFLink
Junior Solar Sprint5-822-4$40PDFLink
Solar Cook-Off3-1222-6$40PDFLink

EnergyWhiz Virtual
February 14 – 18, 2022

CompetitionsGradesMax Teams
per School
Team SizeFeeRulesAwards
Critter Comfort Cottage4-12No limit1-6$10*PDFLink
Energy Innovations (Construction)4-12No limit1-6$10*PDFLink
Energy Innovations (Fine Arts)1-12No limit1-6*10*PDFLink
Energy Transfer Machine3-12No limit1-6$10*PDFLink
Junior Solar Sprint5-8No limit1-4$10*PDFLink
Solar Cook-Off3-12No limit1-6$10*PDFLink
T-shirt DesignNo limit1NonePDFLink
*or $40 per school for unlimited registrations

Competition Descriptions

Critter Comfort Cottage

This event 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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Judging Sheet Examples:

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

Energy Innovations

This activity requires students to work together to design a full-scale project powered by renewable energy that has a real-world use. Design awards are judged based on creativity, construction, message and marketing of the product.

energy innovations logo
energy innovations project
energy innovations project
energy innovations project
energy innovations project

Energy Transfer Machine

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 submit a video of their machine in action.

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Junior Solar Sprint

In this event, 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

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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:

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

Solar Cook-Off

In this two-part cook-off, students design and build solar thermal “ovens” 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.

solar energy cook off logo

T-Shirt Design

In this two-part cook-off, students design and build solar thermal “ovens” 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.