Published On: Sat, Feb 16th, 2019

EnergyWhiz is All About Clean Energy and Creative Kids

By Robert S Weinroth

Each year in early May, hundreds of students converge at the Florida Solar Energy Center in Cocoa, Florida to participate in renewable energy themed events.

EnergyWhiz Expos are regional events of various size and scope. These will be held in Boca Raton, Tallahassee and Brandon in 2019 prior to the statewide EnergyWhiz event on May 4, 2019.

The South Florida EnergyWhiz Expo was held, today, at A.D. Henderson University School and coordinated by FAU Pine Jog Environmental Education Center.

Student teams from Martin, Palm Beach, Broward, Miami-Dade, and Monroe counties competed in two renewable energy themed events: Junior Solar Sprint and Solar Energy Cook-off!

The South Florida EnergyWhiz Expo is designed to showcase solar energy and creative kids. Each school was allowed to send up to two teams per event, per division.

The Junior Solar Sprint: Upper elementary and middle school students (grades 3-8) were invited to design, build and race Junior Solar Sprint cars.

The small model cars – powered entirely by solar energy and steered by wires – were built as team efforts guided by teachers.

The Solar Energy Cook-off was a solar cooker competition for students in grades 3-8.

Students,working in teams of two to six students, designed and built solar cookers that were demonstrated to a panel of judges.

Teams demonstrated the performance of their solar cookers by creating an original dish of food for the competition.

Awards are given in each student division for the Best Cooker Design and Top Solar Chefs.

The South Florida EnergyWhiz Expo is a precursor to the state competition that is at the Florida Solar Energy Center (Cocoa, Florida) on May 4, 2019.

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About the Author

- Robert Weinroth is a 27 year resident of Boca Raton where he is an attorney, businessman, former member of the City Council (where he served for four years) and currently serves as an elected member of the Palm Beach County Board of County Commissioners. Commissioner Weinroth went to Boston’s Northeastern University where he earned a BSBA in Management. He went on to earn his Juris Doctor at New England School of Law. He is admitted to practice law in Florida, Massachusetts, New Jersey and the Supreme Court of the United States. Weinroth served as president and general counsel of Freedom Medical Services Inc, an accredited medical supply company in Boca Raton. FREEDOMED® represented the realization of an entrepreneurial dream. Weinroth, and his wife Pamela operated the company for 16 years, eventually selling the business in 2016. Weinroth takes great pride in his past work as a volunteer Guardian ad Litem for the 15th Judicial Circuit, advocating for the needs of abused and neglected children deemed dependent by the Court. After serving on multiple community boards and committees, Weinroth was elected to the Boca Raton City Council in 2014. During his tenure, he served as CRA Vice-chair and Deputy Mayor and was appointed to a number of county boards including the Boca Raton Airport Authority, the Palm Tran Service Board, the Palm Beach Transportation Planning Agency, the Treasure Coast Planning Council and was elected a board member of the Palm Beach County League of Cities. As a newly elected County Commissioner, Weinroth has been appointed Vice-Chair of the Solid Waste Authority, a board member of the PBC Transportation Planning Agency, and alternate representative on the Treasure Coast Planning Agency and several other county and regional boards. Robert, Pamela and their two dogs, Sierra and Siggy, are proud to call Boca Raton home.

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