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Canadian students compete to win prizes while learning to understand energy
OTTAWA, Feb. 5, 2014 /CNW/ - Over 1,200 classrooms across Canada are about to embark on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), a three-month long national energy efficiency competition to help youth understand where energy comes from, how it's used and how to manage energy resources.
The competition is divided into three streams with many prizes: Classroom Challenge, where registered classes from kindergarten to grade 12 complete in 25 energy-focused, curriculum-based lesson plans, the Video Contest, where students create a video teaching other Canadians how to reduce energy footprint and new in 2014: an opportunity for students to complete a second video showing why their school deserves to win a grand prize of $10,000 to reduce the carbon footprint of their school.
"Energy literacy is becoming increasingly important for all Canadians and is now seen in curricula from coast to coast," says John Geiger, CEO of The Royal Canadian Geographical Society. "Giving students the opportunity to learn about energy conservation through a powerful, innovative educational resource, like the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, will undoubtedly give them a deeper understanding of what they can do to save energy."
Building on the success of 2013, CEDC has partnered with Global TV to feature two Global Classrooms. This year the Global Classroom spotlight will shine on Mrs. Pezzaniti's grade 4 classroom of Fort McMurray, Alberta, and Ms. Boucher's grade 3/4 classroom of Chilliwack, B.C. "The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge provides engaging opportunities for students, empowering them to become environmentally responsible," says Ms. Boucher, "and we are happy to participate."
"Energy is vital to everything we do and make, so understanding energy is important for all of us," says Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country Chair, "and the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge provides teachers with tools to help students understand how to save energy, and why it's important."
For more information on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, please visit energydieet.canadiangeographic.ca. The CEDC can also be found on Twitter (@Energy_Lit) and Facebook (Shell Canadian Geographic Energy Diet Challenge). If you are interested in speaking with a competing classroom in your area, please see coordinates below to arrange an interview.
Notes to Editors
The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada - its people and places, its natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic challenges. The Society's mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians and its goal is to make Canadians more geographically-literate. The principal mechanism of its public education role is Canadian Geographic magazine. For more than 80 years, Canadian Geographic has been telling stories, explaining issues and making the country more accessible through words, pictures and maps.
Shell Canada Ltd
Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000 people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids and bitumen, and is Canada's largest producer of sulphur. Shell is one of Canada's oil sands developers and operates the Athabasca Oil Sands Project on behalf of the joint venture partners.
The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge
In 2014, over 1,250 classrooms (approximately 30,000 students) from across Canada will compete in the third annual Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC). This curriculum-based energy conservation program, presented by Shell Canada and Canadian Geographic, won the Award of Merit from the Global, Environmental, and Outdoor Education Council of the Alberta Teachers' Association in April 2013.
Classroom Challenge Prizes
Video Contest Prizes
Green Your School Contest Prize
February 5: Challenge begins
Students and teachers begin completing the lesson plans and learning about energy resources and conservation.
April 6: Video upload deadline
All classes participating in the video and Green Your School contests must have their videos uploaded to the CEDC website by 11:59:59am today.
April 7: Classroom videos available for public viewing
Videos will be posted on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge website for the public to view and "like" their favorite video submission.
April 24, 2014 at 11:59:59 a.m. EST: Classroom Energy Diet Challenge closes.
April 30: Contest winners notified
The winning classrooms will be notified of their prizes.
Classroom Energy Diet Challenge website: energydiet.canadiangeogrpahic.ca
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