Hundreds of students to showcase solar energy knowledge at 21st annual Solar Olympics

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Solar-powered model cars part of 14 competitions during event

High school students across northeast and north central Wisconsin will try to grab their moment in the sun and stand atop the podium this Wednesday at Wisconsin Public Service's (WPS) 21st annual Solar Olympics competition.

The competition will take place May 10, from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., at the Kress Events Center on the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay campus. The most visual events, including a solar car race, solar cooker operation and solar water heater operation will take place between 10 a.m. and noon outside the west gymnasium. This year, more than 200 students from 23 schools will go for gold, silver and bronze medals in 14 different individual competitions. The top three schools will also be collectively recognized at the event.

Schools participating in this year's event include:

Ashwaubenon Green Bay West Rhinelander
Chilton Marathon St. Thomas Aquinas
Crivitz Marinette Stockbridge
Denmark Mishicot Tomahawk
Elcho Mosinee Valders
Gibraltar Newman Catholic Wausau West
Green Bay East Northland Lutheran West De Pere
Green Bay Southwest Pulaski  

Solar Olympics invites students to showcase their solar energy knowledge through fun, hands-on activities, and is open only to schools that participate in the SolarWise for Schools program. Of the 63 high schools in the WPS service area, 56 are enrolled in SolarWise for Schools, which provides schools with a renewable energy curriculum, educational training for teachers and a 2-kilowatt solar energy system at no charge.

SolarWise for Schools is operated by the WPS Community Foundation, a registered nonprofit that was created in 1996 to provide access to and education about renewable energy. Nearly 3,000 students per year benefit from the hands-on lessons provided by the program.

A media advisory announcing the winners of each individual event and the top three teams will be emailed out Wednesday afternoon following the conclusion of the competition. You can follow @WIPublicService on Twitter as well as the hashtag #WPSSolarOlympics to see photos of the individual competitions throughout the course of the event.

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