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Northwoods High Schools Compete In Solar Olympics

Leah VanZile WPS

Teams from Northwoods high schools competed Wednesday at UW-Stevens Point in the annual Solar Olympics, sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service. It's an annual, one-day renewable energy competition..

WPS' Leah Van Zile says schools that are part of the SolarWise For Schools program compete in a number of categories, making devices run on solar power....

"....some of the categories that we have is Solar Cooker, Solar Water Heater, we have a Solar Race Car, Solar Photography, Solar Art Sculpture, PV Innovation and Solar Marketing Campaign...."

 Van Zile says  Solar Olympics gives students the opportunity to learn about solar energy by direct, hands-on experience, and gain experience in project management and teamwork...

"....it really is cross-curricular. For example, the Solar Race Car project takes in aspects of shop and tech programs as well as solar design, and the engineering as it relates to the car and how fast they  can get it to go...."

Among the schools competing are Lakeland Union High School, Rhinelander, Three Lakes and Tomahawk.

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