Energized Students Demonstrate Skills at the EnergyWhiz Olympics on the Space Coast


The 12th annual EnergyWhiz Olympics will bring together students from across Florida, converging in Cocoa, to showcase their renewable energy projects. Student teams will race solar cars, demonstrate creative solar and hydrogen projects, present solar oven designs and cooking skills, and reveal energy-efficient pet homes, all highlighting their energy knowledge and skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math (STEAM).

NEW:  An Electric Vehicle Ride & Drive—which will include a Nissan Leaf—will be available for adults to experience.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

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FSEC Selected as a Middle School Science Bowl Site

The Florida Solar Energy Center (FSEC) has been chosen as host of the Southeast Regional Middle School Science Bowl (previously known as the Florida Middle School Science Bowl) in April, 2006.

This regional competition is part of the national Middle School Science Bowl program, which is coordinated by the Office of Science at the U.S. Department of Energy. Finalists from the 28 regional science bowls around the country compete in the national finals.

The Science Bowl is a two-prong competition, involving an academic math and science question-and-answer portion along with a hands-on hydrogen fuel cell competition. The Southeast regional competition will take place on Saturday, April 1, 2006 at the Florida Solar Energy Center. The first place team from each regional competition receives an expense-paid trip to the national competition in Colorado June 21-24, 2006. Florida teams have excelled at the national event, bringing home first and third place trophies in the past two years.

For more information about the Middle School Science Bowl, contact Susan Schleith at 321-638-1017 or email More information about the National and Regional Science Bowl competitions is available at

The Florida Solar Energy Center, a research institute of the University of Central Florida, is the largest and most active state-supported energy research center in the country. Current research activities include solar water and pool heating, solar electric and distributed generation systems, energy-efficient buildings, alternative transportation systems, hydrogen fuel, fuel cells and other energy areas. For more information about the center, visit or call the FSEC Pubic Information Office at (321) 638-1015.

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