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The EnergyWhiz Olympics is all about clean energy and creative kids. Each year, on the first Saturday in May, hundreds of students converge at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida to participate in renewable energy themed events. Take a look at our Energy Whiz video and see for yourself.

Picture of the EnergyWhiz Olympics brochure.For more detailed information about this year's event, take a look at the EnergyWhiz Olympics Brochure (Adobe PDF, 9.08MB PDF does not render properly in Firefox 19.0). Or if you would like to sign up as a volunteer go to


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


Photo of event.EnergyWhizExpos
EnergyWhiz Expos are regional events of various size and scope held prior to the EnergyWhiz Olympics. 

Upcoming expos:
Central Florida EnergyWhiz EXPO
North Florida EnergyWhiz EXPO

Picture of a critter comfort cottageCritter Comfort Cottage
The Critter Comfort Cottage (C3) competition is a real-world, engineering and communications challenge for 4th through 12 graders, which showcases energy efficient building design and construction.
Participants at the Junior Solar Sprint at the starting line with their model cars.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.
Hydrogen Sprint car racing down the track.Hydrogen Challenge
A competition that was developed to provide opportunities for students to explore hydrogen power through a hands-on engineering component. The students in grade 6-12 show understanding of hydrogen through a creative "timing" apparatus built with several 'Rube Goldberg' type steps.
Photo of student built solar electric water wheel.Energy Innovations
Energy Innovations 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.
Photo of a student desinged and built solar oven.Solar Energy Cook-off
The Solar Energy Cook-off is a solar cooker competition for students in grades 4 - 12. The teams demonstrate the performance of their solar heating devices, that they have designed and built by cooking an original dish of food created for the competition. Each solar cooker and recipe is judged by a panel of experts.
Photo of two Electrathon vehicles on a trackEVTC Electrathon
The EVTC Electrathon demonstrates real-world alectric vehicle technology through through custom, participant-designed and built, electric vehicles.  Powered by an electric motor and batteries, these go-cart-type vehicles must be skillfully designed and driven to maximize distance traveled within a given time limit.
Horizon Hydrogen Automotive Challenge
High School teams build, modify and race a 1:10 scale hydrogen fuel cell remote control car in a 6 hour competition.  This endurance fuel cell race will test the cars performance as well as the strategy of the team throughout the curves of the race track, pit stops for refueling, and management of the car's energy resources.

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