Recognizing that students represent the next generation of great thinkers and innovators, Kyocera announced today that it supported the 2014 Avnet Tech Games by providing six 50-watt Kyocera solar modules and six material kits to be used in the annual college technical competition’s Solar Scrimmage event. The Games were conducted on April 12, 2014 at The University of Advancing Technology in Tempe, Arizona. Four teams competed in the 2014 Solar Scrimmage. The winning team was Drew Carlson, Jennifer Hooker, and Justin Arispe, with faculty coach Bruce Carlton, from Mesa Community College.
Kyocera has supplied the solar modules and materials for each Avnet Tech Games Solar Scrimmage over the past four years, and Kyocera employees also volunteer as judges for the event. The six solar panels and kit materials Kyocera provided for the Avnet Tech Games in 2014 will be available for students to use in future Solar Scrimmages.
“Supporting the Avnet Tech Games aligns with Kyocera’s commitment to give back to the community and improve educational opportunities for students, the decision-makers of tomorrow,” said Steve Hill, president of Kyocera Solar Inc. “By tackling this solar challenge, students are able to put their knowledge to use in a real-world setting, which often sparks new innovative thinking outside of the classroom.”
The Solar Scrimmage, created by Kyocera in 2011, requires students to create a solar powered pumping system that pumps exactly one gallon of water from a lower bucket to a higher bucket. Developing an automatic leveling system to switch the mechanism off when it reaches exactly one gallon is also part of the challenge. Each student team receives the same kit of parts from Kyocera. During the competition, teams present their system to the judges with a marketing pitch explaining its benefits and identifying improvements they might make when taking the machine to market.
Each winning team member receives $1,000 in scholarship money, and a resume-building success for a future career in technical development or project management.
“It’s amazing to see the innovative solutions students create – they bring a fresh perspective to the challenge, and will hopefully one day bring a fresh perspective to the solar industry,” Hill continued. “Kyocera is delighted to provide students with an opportunity to showcase their real-world skills and network with solar industry professionals.”