For Release: 05/15/2019

Student skills, renewable energy knowledge shine bright at 23rd annual Solar Olympics

Oshkosh — Sunlight provided a picturesque showcase for the innovative designs and outstanding science, engineering, technology and math skills at Wisconsin Public Service’s (WPS) 23rd annual Solar Olympics, held Wednesday, May 15, on the University of Wisconsin-Oshkosh campus.

Approximately 150 students from 15 high schools in northeast and north central Wisconsin demonstrated their knowledge of solar energy throughout the event, using it to power small machines and inspire artistic designs in 14 separate competitions. In true Olympic tradition, the top three finishers in each competition received gold, silver and bronze medals at an awards ceremony this afternoon.

Event results

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.

Solar Olympics background

Created in 1997, Solar Olympics provides high school students with a fun, interactive opportunity to showcase their knowledge of solar and other forms of renewable energy. The event is open to schools that participate in SolarWise for Schools, a unique program that provides renewable energy lessons to students and educational training for teachers at 90% of high schools in the WPS service area.

Photos from today’s event can be found on the WPS Facebook and Twitter pages, or by searching the hashtag #WPSSolarOlympics.


Schools participating in this year's event were:

Ashwaubenon Marinette St. Thomas Aquinas Academy (Marinette)
Chilton Mishicot Tomahawk
Green Bay Southwest Northland Lutheran (Kronenwetter) Valders
Lakeland Union Pembine Wausau East
Marathon Rhinelander Wausau West

For More Information, Contact:

WEC Energy Group