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Solar Power Drives Student Competition

March 23, 2018

For Immediate Release

Contact: Tanya Arja
Office of Communications

Tampa, Fla. – (March 23, 2018) – Elementary and middle school students from Hillsborough County Public Schools will use the power of the sun to compete at the EnergyWhiz Expo.

When: Saturday, March 24, 2018 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
(Solar Sprint Cars judging – 9-10:30 a.m., Final race – 11 a.m.)
(Solar Energy Cook-off – 11:30 a.m. best media opportunity)
Where: McLane Middle School, 306 N. Knights Ave., Brandon
Who: Elementary and middle school students

Students in 4th through 8th grade from across the district will compete in the Junior Solar Sprint Race and Solar Energy Cook Off. In the Junior Solar Sprint challenge, students will design, create and race their model solar cars. Cars are judged on design, innovation and performance. Each team’s effort is focused toward the final event – a 20 meter, wire-guided sprint race where the best design and construction techniques will pay off with the win. The final race will start at 11 a.m.

The Solar Energy Cook-off is a two-part competition encompassing design of a functional solar cooker and the creation of a dish made in the solar cooker. This competition was developed to provide a real world solar thermal challenge for students. Each team will have a booth to prepare their dish, discuss their cooker with the judges and present to the general public.

1st place teams qualify for free registration at the Florida Solar Energy Center’s EnergyWhiz Expo May 12, in Cocoa, FL.

Interview opportunities will be available with students and Michael Wilson, McLane Middle School’s Robotics Engineering Technology Teacher. He is the lead on this event and has been working with the Florida Solar Energy Center for more than 10 years.


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