Everyone enjoys a good movie. But for the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 teams, movie night is also part of the Home Entertainment Contest, which is designed to demonstrate that the teams’ solar-powered houses can accommodate the pleasures of living, reports solardecathlon.gov. Neighboring decathletes act as jurors by awarding a host team points based on the quality of the food, ambiance, and overall experience. The following is from the solar decathlon blog:
University of Southern California student decathletes Tyler Scott Zalmanzig, left, and Stephen Collins flank fluxHome’s home entertainment system. U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 teams hosted movie night for their neighbors in the Solar Decathlon village Friday night. | Photo credit: Carol Anna | U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon
The teams hosted decathletes from neighboring houses to watch the James Bond thriller Skyfall on October 4. The University of Southern California hosted decathletes from Vienna Technical University, the University of Texas at El Paso and El Paso Community College, and Czech Technical University.
Tyler Scott Zalmanzig, a University of Southern California decathlete who helped plan and host his team’s movie night:
We wanted our movie night to be social and informative—more of a meet and greet. We shared Solar Decathlon experiences and construction war stories.
At fluxHome, Tyler and his team members served chocolate-dipped bananas, popcorn, and root beer floats to their guests. Tyler said:
The Austrian and Czech Republic decathletes loved the root beer floats because they’d never had them before. We put ice cream in the glasses and then added root beer. They cheered. It was great!
Christian Iusso of the University of Nevada at Las Vegas, left, prepares a meal for student dinner guests during the Dinner Party portion of the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Decathlon 2013 competition at Orange County Great Park in Irvine, Calif. on October 5, 2013. | Photo credit: Eric Grigorian | U.S. Department of Energy
On October 5, teams hosted dinner parties for their neighbors. Follow the scoring of the Home Entertainment Contest, including movie night and the October 5 dinner parties, on the Solar Decathlon website.
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