What is the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge?

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a national energy literacy contest sponsored by Shell Canada and presented by Canadian Geographic to inspire and educate youth on how energy is used and their role as responsible energy consumers.

The Challenge is a free competition among Canadian Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms that aims to increase energy literacy and awareness. Throughout the challenge period (February 3 – April 24, 2020), classrooms work together to complete 16 energy-themed challenges designed to teach students about different energy topics and increase their overall energy awareness. Each classroom can select the number of challenges to complete and the order to complete them in based on the needs of their classroom.

There are a total of 16 classroom challenges, each dealing with a different energy-related theme.

Here’s how it works:

  • Classrooms will complete up to 16 challenges, including a take-home challenge where students can get their families and communities involved too.
  • With each completed challenge, the teacher can log into their online account (via the app or website) and submit proof of their challenge to receive 10 points.
  • The more points a classroom receives, the better chance they have of winning great prizes!

Only classrooms that have successfully registered by January 27, 2020 can participate in the 2020 Challenge.

What is the Video challenge?

One of the 16 challenges ask students to flex their creative muscles as they write, direct and produce a one-minute public service announcement about the importance of youth energy awareness. After uploading their video to the contest website, the class must engage with the public to get as many votes as possible during the voting period (April 1 - 24, 2020). Winning video submissions are chosen through a combination of public voting and evaluation by a panel of judges.

Sample Challenges

  • Community Connections: Students will participate in an energy-related community initiative.
  • One Hour, No Power: Students will discover how productive they can be without using any power.
  • Do you really need it?: Students will reflect on the energy-using items they use every day and give up one item for 24 hours.
  • What’s for lunch?: Students will look at the energy requirements associated with food production and the importance of local farming.
  • Post-It!: Students will create art made entirely out of recycled materials.

For more information or to register a classroom visit: www.energydiet.ca.

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