FAIRFIELD COUNTY, Conn. — Student entries are invited by April 1 for the statewide,12th annual eesmarts contest sponsored by Energize Connecticut.
The contest encourages students to demonstrate their knowledge of energy efficiency, renewable energy and sustainability by completing grade-specific assignments. It’s open to Connecticut students in grades K-12.
New to the program this year is a college level playwright category entitled “Wright the World,” and a new separate 12th grade category.
The “Wright the World” category invites students enrolled in a Connecticut college or university, to write a 25- to 30-minute play that supports the eesmarts curriculum and mission. The play should be written for a young audience, preferably grades K-5. It must explain how energy is made, identify energy resources, clarify what it means to be energy-efficient and sustainable, and provide examples of energy-efficient technology.
The winner of this category will receive $500 and the opportunity to cast and perform the play during the 2016-17 academic year.
Students in Grade 12 will compete in a new category that challenges them to create a persuasive image that advocates for energy conservation, an alternate energy source, or an environmental concern, and showcases their knowledge of this subject area.
Entries, which can be a short poem, cartoon or 30-second video, will be evaluated based on scientific validity, and concise and convincing imagery.
Students in grades 9-11 compete in the community service-learning project award category, which asks them to propose a community-based project to address an energy-related issue.
Students may work in groups of five members or less in this category and winners’ schools will receive eesmarts program funding of $1,500 for first place, $1,000 for second place and $500 for third place to make their proposed project a reality during the next school year.
Students in grades K-8 answer grade-level specific prompts in the form of a poster (Grades K-2), narrative (Grade 3), news article (Grade 4), book review (Grade 5), essay (Grade 6), speech (Grade 7), or public service announcement (Grade 8).
For grade levels K-12, first prize winners will also receive a $200 Amazon Gift Card, second prize winners a $100 Amazon Gift Card, and third prize winners a $50 Amazon Gift Card.
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