Purpose: The goal of this competition is to inspire and support teams of students, teachers, and/or parents as they pursue solar electric installations at their school. Student-led teams will compete for the chance to get cash prizes and technical support for their solar project, but every school that participates will come out of the competition a winner; beginning an exploration into having solar photovoltaics installed at their school. The My Solar School Contest will provide guidelines to assist teams in exploring the solar potential of their school. With the help of partner organizations, professional “solar mentors” will be available for teleconference or in-person technical assistance to interested student teams.
The Competition: Student-led teams will compete by:
- Performing a Solar Study that investigates a solar photovoltaic project for their school community; and
- Creating a Short Video presentation to showcase their vision for solar.
Judging: Submissions will be evaluated by a committee representing the partner organizations. Winning teams will be announced and recognized at the Michigan Earth Day Festival in Rochester, MI.
The Prize(s): Selected teams will be awarded up to $1,000 in cash prizes to kick start a fund-raising campaign in their school community, as well as receive continued technical assistance and promotional support for their campaign.
Eligibility: Competition is open to teams of one or more students that are enrolled in a K-12 school in Michigan. Eligible student teams must enlist assistance from a teacher(s)/advisor(s) to support the submission. High school teams are highly encouraged; eligible student team leader(s) must be at minimum enrolled in the sixth grade or above.
Timeline and Submission: Electronic/Online submission only. Pre-Registration is required to receive a solar mentor. Solar mentors will contact Pre-Registered participants by the end of January to schedule a minimum of two (2), one-hour mentoring sessions. Pre-registration is not required, but highly encouraged.
Pre-registration deadline January 19, 2017.
Contest deadline March 30, 2018.