As part of this great chance to spread the word about the future of PV there was the High School Photovoltaic Design competition. We had 14 teams, 12 able to present at Solar Day: 6 from local schools in Hilo and Kailua-Kona, 5 from Arizona, 2 from Maryland, and one from Virginia. This huge student involvement would not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Dr. Michelle Jordan and Dr. Rob Walters. Awards were given to the following outstanding projects:
Best Team Project: "Constructing a Permanent PV Charging Table" and "Charging Station Trailer", Wailakea High School, HI
Best in Solar Agriculture: "Aquaponics", Kealakehe High School, HI
Best in Solar Measurement: "Lilac: Module Testing", Basis High School, AZ
Best in Solar Market Innovation: "City of Solar: a Community System Proposal", QESST Youth Scholars, AZ
Most Improved Invention: "Solar Berry 2", Hayfield Secondary School, VA
Well done to everyone who took part, helped out and was there to show the bright future for PV. Maybe some of our winners will be making the next big breakthroughs in PV in the years to come.