growing energy crisis and a national discussion about the future of our
natural resources are bringing the impact of our energy choices closer
What can we as individuals do to make a difference?
is the question the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge is
encouraging teachers across the United States and parts of Canada to ask
their students. Open to students K-12, the Challenge is an
educational competition designed to encourage students to learn more
about energy and the environment.
Sponsors of the Challenge would like to acknowledge exemplary
teaching and reward both teachers and students for expressing their
understanding of the issues. All student entries will be recognized,
with Grand Prize Trips to Hawaii awarded to three students and one
Student entries must reflect the theme "Igniting Creative Energy" and
demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can
do to make a difference in their home or community. Students may express
their ideas in the form of documented science projects, essays, stories,
artwork, photographs, music or video or website projects. They may also
submit recent service projects, or results from the National Energy
Foundation's own Energy Patrol activities.
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Every student that
enters will receive an Award Certificate. Additionally, the first 1,000
entries will receive a commemorative 2005 pin. Exemplary submissions
will be eligible for even greater rewards for both students and
- The most
creative and deserving student work, chosen by a panel of expert
judges, will be published.
- A list of
winners will be posted in the
- A total of 4
Grand Prizes will be awarded.
- One to a
teacher and three to students (one in each grade cluster) whose work
best exemplifies the Challenge Criteria. Winners will receive
all expenses paid trips to Hawaii April 26 - May 1, 2005 for 2 (each
student-winner and one parent/legal guardian or family member for
the teacher-winner). While in Hawaii, winners will be hosted by the
Challenge administrators and enjoy many fun and educational
activities. Winners will also be invited to participate in the June
14-15, 2005 National Energy Efficiency Forum in Washington, D.C.,
where they will share their ideas with energy and government
for the teacher-winner are based on the highest average score of
student work for 15 or more qualifying entries, based on the
Challenge Criteria. The teacher-winner will also receive a
fabulous Hawaiian trip for two (the teacher and one family member)
and an invitation to Washington DC!
- In Addition:
Teachers submitting a written summary, evaluation or "tips for
teaching" on how they used the Igniting Creative Energy theme
within their classroom will also be eligible for additional individual
awards and recognition.
To ignite your
creative energy about one of the most important issues of our time,
check out our online
resources. Or call the NEF for more information at 1-800-616-8326 or
call Charise locally at (478) 751-9178.
Grand Prize Winner
for Elementary Division
and sang a song entitled “Flip the Light” that was about being an
“energizing, motivating flip-the-light kind of guy." He also designed a
supporting poster display featuring energy saving ideas along with the
lyrics to his song.
CLICK HERE to listen to a portion of the music.
"I was excited to
enter this contest because I think there are a lot of small changes we
can make in our lives that would make a big difference in how we use and
conserve energy," Elliott wrote in the one-page essay he submitted with