OSHKOSH, Wis. (WFRV) — Approximately 150 high school students will set their sights on faster race cars, higher scores, and stronger designs when they showcase their knowledge of solar energy at Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) 23rd annual Solar Olympics competition Wednesday in Oshkosh.
The competition will be held outside the UW-Oshkosh Alumni Welcome and Conference Center from 9:30 a.m. until noon.
According to WPS, the Solar Olympics dates back to 1997 and has provided a hands-on way for students to showcase their knowledge of solar and other forms of renewable energy.
The event includes:
- Five events where students use solar energy to create working machines, including race cars, cookers, and everyday products powered by solar panels.
- Seven events where students’ knowledge of solar energy shines through in solar-themed photos, sculptures, building design, and a trivia competition.
- Gold, silver and bronze medals awarded to the top three finishers in each event.
17 Wisconsin schools from across Wisconsin will be competing for the medals:
St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (Marinette)
Green Bay Southwest
Newman Catholic (Wausau)
Northland Lutheran (Kronenwetter)
Lourdes Academy (Oshkosh)
Gold medal recipients include:
· Solar Car Race: Northland Lutheran High School
· Solar Car Design: Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Cooker: Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Water Heater: Valders High School
· Photovoltaic Innovation: Rhinelander High School
· Solar Building Design: Northland Lutheran High School
· Solar Essay: Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Advertising Campaign: Wausau West High School
· Solar T-shirt Design: Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Photography: Ashwaubenon High School
· Solar Sculpture: Valders High School
· Solar Jeopardy (Top Individual Scorer): Noah Schwartz, Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Jeopardy (Top Team Scorer): Green Bay Southwest High School
· Solar Art Challenge: Green Bay Southwest and Tomahawk High Schools (combined entry)
In the team competition, Green Bay Southwest High School took top honors, while Valders High School and Wausau West High School finished in second and third place, respectively.