>>Female 1: We’re Team West Virginia University
and University of Rome Tor Vergata. Our house’s name is STILE.
It stands for Sustainable Technologies Integrated in a Learning Experience.
I think the biggest unique part about our house
is our partnership with UTV. So we’re trying to blend the Appalachian culture
with Italian Roman style putting it all into one house
and making it look really well.>>Male: I’m most excited about the home automation
system that we have integrating
that we’ll be able to show you how much you’re using,
like, in kilowatt hours and show you what, like, it costs per kilowatt hour
and how you can change that amount. And by seeing that number on a screen,
I think that people will realize, like, “Wow, if I just turn off this light,
I can save, like, 10 cents in this amount of time.”
And it will add up. If they eventually see that
on a screen in front of them, they will know that,
“Oh I can just flip that light off, and it will work.” And it saves money, and
it saves time. It saves a lot of energy.>>Female 2: We directly interact with the
sponsors, so that’s really good. We learn a lot.
We do a lot of practical stuff here that we don’t used to do in Italy, for example.
So we study a lot, but we don’t we don’t direct work with the company.
So that’s pretty interesting.>>Male: In the classroom you’re really just
about the book work and doing this competition,
we’re going to build the house ourselves. So that’s a lot of hands-on experience
that we won’t get in the classroom.>>Female 1: The whole reason I decided to
become electrical engineering was because of the last Solar Decathlon competition.
I got to install the solar panels, and for me, that was a really great experience
and something I definitely am interested in. So I decided to major in that and work towards
that. Let’s go …>>All: Mountaineers and Rome!