Schools and classes will compete in America’s Home Energy Education Challenge within 11 regions for more than $200,000 in prizes that will be distributed at the regional and national levels of the competition.
for a nationwide student contest to help families save money by saving energy
at home - while inspiring students to pursue studies in science, technology,
engineering and mathematics - began Aug. 16 and runs through Oct. 7. Run by the
National Science Teachers Association for the Department of Energy, the goal of
America’s Home Energy Education Challenge is to encourage elementary and middle
school students, teachers and families to learn more about energy use and
efficiency and become more aware of how homes, schools and utilities are
interconnected within the community.
teachers and principals are encouraged to register to participate atHomeEnergyChallenge.org.
Participation in AHEEC will be broken into two parts: the Home Energy Challenge
and the Energy Fitness Award. Each is designed to encourage students to learn
about science and home energy savings, and participants can chose one or get
involved with both.
Home Energy Challenge involves students and their teachers in the third through
eighth grades in an energy-use comparison activity in which data from the
three-month competition period is compared to the previous year’s energy use
for the same three months. The goal is to teach students ways to reduce home
energy use and measure their energy savings.
and classes will compete within 11 regions for more than $200,000 in prizes
that will be distributed at the regional and national levels of the
competition. The first place regional award winners will qualify for the
national competition, in which a panel of educators, scientists and energy
experts will evaluate them for national awards.
Energy Fitness Award is an individual challenge that will begin Sept. 20.
Modeled after the President’s Physical Fitness Test, this segment encourages
students to complete specific tasks, such as interpreting a home energy bill
and learning how to conduct a home energy assessment, and then demonstrate
their learning and proficiency.
further information on the contest, visitHomeEnergyChallenge.org.
To learn more about the steps you can take to make a difference in your home
energy consumption, visit the Department of Energy’s Energy Savers sitewww.energysavers.gov.