A Bright Future for EnergyWhiz: May 3–7, 2021

EnergyWhiz logo with sun on right and laptop on leftFSEC Energy Research Center (FSEC-ERC) presents its annual K-12 STEAM event in a virtual format this year. Visit https://events.energywhiz.com/ to see all of the amazing student projects, exhibits, activities, and special topic sessions.

Kelley Smith Burk, director of the Florida Energy Office at the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services, will open EnergyWhiz on Monday, May 3 at 10 a.m. via a Live Zoom broadcast.

FSEC-ERC Director James Fenton will follow with a presentation about how EnergyWhiz students can take charge of their energy future.

Each day, two new special energy-related topic sessions will be featured, ranging from sustainability and transportation to food and water. Learn about what individuals can do personally to combat climate change and how to find a path to an energy career.

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Fun, Hands-on Energy Activities Students Can Do Remotely. Register NOW for Virtual EnergyWhiz 2021!

EnergyWhiz is a renewable energy-focused event for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning activities. Students in Grades K through college, adults and families can participate in the virtual event with an opportunity to win awards. The virtual event will be on display to the public May 3–7, 2021. Teams must register by April 9th to participate.

Artistic renewable energy project using mosaic tiles to show scene of cat swatting at rotating butterfly. Live flower planter in front.
Artistic Energy Innovations project using mosaic tiles
Junior Solar Sprint model solar car
Model-size, Junior Solar Sprint car

This year’s competition categories are:

  • Energy Transfer Machine, (Grades 3-12) 
    Students transform materials into Rube Goldberg-type machines that perform an energy-related task and then submit a video of their success.
  • Energy Innovations, (K-12, College, Adults & Families)
    Partis design, engineer and market renewable energy projects that have real-world applicability. This year’s virtual event is expanded to include a wide range of categories, including:
    • Agriculture
    • Clean transportation
    • Green and energy-efficient buildings
    • Solar cooking
    • Water
    • Artwork or demonstration projects highlighting use of renewable energy
  • Junior Solar Sprint, (Grades 4-9)
    Students create a model-sized, solar-powered car that is judged on technology, craftsmanship, innovation and performance.
  • NEW T-Shirt Design Contest

FSEC Energy Research Center—a research institute of the University of Central Florida—in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy, modified this traditionally in-person event to be virtual this year.

“Last year we had to cancel EnergyWhiz for the first time since 1999, so this year we’re trying a new format and modifying the rules,” said Susan Schleith, Energy Education program director at FSEC Energy Research Center. “Virtual EnergyWhiz will provide an opportunity for students and adults throughout Florida and beyond to participate in hands-on activities within a virtual environment.”

Sponsors

EnergyWhiz is sponsored by Florida Power & Light Company, SkyeTec, and LifeStyle Homes, and Kissimmee Utility Authority.

FPL, SkyeTec, LifeStyle Homes, Kissimmee Utility Authority logos

Companies or individuals interested in sponsoring EnergyWhiz should visit https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/education/k-12/energywhiz/sponsors/ or contact Elizabeth Myron at elizabeth.myron@fsec.ucf.edu.

EnergyWhiz logo with sun on right and laptop on leftMore Information

Learn more about EnergyWhiz at: https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/education/k-12/energywhiz/.

For registration questions, contact Penny Hall at penny@fsec.ucf.edu or Susan Schleith at susan@fsec.ucf.edu.

For more information or media questions, contact Sherri Shields at sherri@fsec.ucf.edu.

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Virtual EnergyWhiz: May 3–7, 2021. Register by April 9th.

EnergyWhiz Laptop LogoEnergyWhiz is a renewable energy-focused event for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning activities.

This year’s competition categories are: Junior Solar Sprint (model solar cars), Energy Transfer Machine (Rube Goldberg-type contraptions), and Energy Innovations, which has been expanded to include solar cooking, energy-efficient buildings (pet houses), and renewable energy-focused artwork or demonstration projects. Energy Innovations is also now open to adults to participate.

FSEC Energy Research Center—a research institute of the University of Central Florida—in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy, modified this traditionally in-person event to be virtual this year.

Last year we had to cancel EnergyWhiz for the first time since 1999, so this year we’re trying a new format and modifying the rules,” said Susan Schleith, Energy Education program director at FSEC Energy Research Center. “Virtual EnergyWhiz will provide an opportunity for students throughout Florida and beyond to participate in hands-on activities within a virtual environment.”

Sponsors include Florida Power & Light. Anyone interested in sponsoring EnergyWhiz should visit https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/education/k-12/energywhiz/sponsors/.

Learn more, register and pay $10 per team by April 9th at at: https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/education/k-12/energywhiz/.

WEBINAR: How to Build a SOLAR Car for EnergyWhiz 2021

Junior Solar Sprint logoStudents and teachers are invited to attend a webinar on Wednesday, March 3rd at 3:30 p.m. to demonstrate how students can build a Junior Solar Sprint model car and participate in Virtual EnergyWhiz 2021.

FSEC Energy Research Center—a research institute of the University of Central Florida, and in partnership with the Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services’ Office of Energy—modified this traditionally in-person event to be virtual this year.

EnergyWhiz—a renewable energy-focused event for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning activities—will be held virtually on May 3 – 7, 2021.

Junior Solar Sprint model solar car
2019 award-winning Junior Solar Sprint car

This year’s competitions are:

Webinar Registration

Contact Penny Hall, penny@fsec.ucf.edu, to receive webinar connection details.

Learn more about Virtual EnergyWhiz 2021 at: https://energyresearch.ucf.edu/education/k-12/energywhiz/.

WEBINAR: How to Participate in Virtual EnergyWhiz 2021

EnergyWhiz Laptop LogoFSEC Energy Research Center will host a webinar on Thursday, January 28th at 3:30 p.m. to discuss how students and teachers can participate in the Virtual EnergyWhiz 2021. Email Penny Hall for Zoom meeting connection details.

EnergyWhiz—a renewable energy-focused event for students to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM) capabilities through project-based learning activities—will be held virtually on May 3 – 7, 2021.

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