EnergyTrends.org is hosting a contest for middle school students. Students will create a 1-2 minute video about the energy that we use every day in our home, school or other parts of our everyday lives, and describes that energy in some way that helps build understanding about it in a creative way (like where it comes from, and other ways it could be used).
EnergyTrends.org wants to know how much students understand about the energy we use, where it comes from, and how that impacts our daily lives. This contest is for current 6th or 7th grade public school students located in the United States and the District of Columbia. The contest runs UNTIL FRIDAY, JUNE 5 at 11:59 PM. Contest winners will be announced the following week.
Students will investigate, research and study different energy sources. Students will then investigate resources and items that consume energy. They will determine a type and how much energy it will take to power a specific resource or item. Students will then create a 1-2 minute video showcasing all of these items visually. The objectives of the contest are aligned with Common Core, National Generation Science Standards, and Virginia Standards of Learning. Details are as follows.
Details of the Contest:
- Students will need to research different types and sources of energy (examples include: solar, natural gas, wind, coal, wood, electricity from various sources,etc.)
- Students will create a 1-2 minute video about the energy that we use every day in our home, school or other parts of our everyday lives, and describes that energy in some way that helps build understanding about it in a creative way (like where it comes from, and other ways it could be used). For example, a toaster uses 57 btu per minute. To use a toaster for 5 minutes would require 285 btu. [A British Thermal Unit (Btu) is the quantity of heat required to raise the temperature of one pound of water one degree Fahrenheit at a specified temperature (at or above 39°F).]
- Students need to investigate, study and research an energy source to supply power to a resource that requires power, i.e. the toaster. Students can use EnergyTrends.org as a resource or other sources. For our example, we are using biking. People of good average fitness average of 100 watts for an hour of steady bicycle exercise.
- For this example, students could then need to apply math skills to convert watts to btu. 1 W = 3.412142 BTU/hr. Students can take the 100 watts/hour and figure out how much power is required to run a toaster at 285 btu for 5 minutes.
- 100 watts/hour = 341.21 BTU/hr
- A person needs to exert 49.8 minutes on a bike to power a toaster for 5 minutes.
- Video must include visual example of energy (can be lapsed). Video must also include a visual example of item being powered. Students should visually show evidence of researched information and final presentation.
- Must attend public school (including public charter schools) in the United States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and must be in the 6th or 7th grade.
- The contest runs from Sunday, May 10, 2015 – Friday, May 29, 2015 at midnight. Contest winners will be announced on Monday, June 8, 2015.
- Individuals or teams of students may create and submit entries.
- Only one entry per person, whether individual or group participation.
- School staff and faculty member must sponsor the student’s participation in this contest. Student or faculty may provide guidance but may not participate in conceiving and producing the video.
- Entries must be submitted online. Students must:
- Upload videos to YouTube and use the phrase “EnergyTrends Contest Entry” in the title of the video. Please feel free to contact us if you have any issues with uploading to YouTube.
- Complete the online Entry Form located here Entry Form
- Prize recipients will be determined by expert judges selected by EnergyTrends.org and the judges’ decisions will be final.
- Videos will be shown and shared in a public forum. Anyone participating in the contest and submitting related video would automatically agree to the use of this video and related materials for EnergyTrends.org use.
- 1st place: Up to $200 for pizza party for class and $250 for classroom supplies.
- 2nd place: $200 gift card for classroom supplies
- 3rd place: $100 gift card for classroom supplies
- Common Core
- Aligned with Correlation of Project Learning Tree’s PreK-8 Environmental Education Activity Guide with the Common Core Anchor Standards for Writing: 6. Use technology, including the internet, to produce and publish writing and to interact and collaborate with others; 8. Gather relevant information from multiple print and digital sources, assess the credibility and accuracy of each source, and integrate the information while avoiding plagiarism; 9. Draw evidence from literacy or information al texts to support analysis, reflection, and research.
- Next Generation Science Standards
- Aligned with MS-ESS3-4: Construct an argument supported by evidence for how increases in human population and per-capita consumption of natural resources impact Earth’s systems. [Clarification Statement: Examples of evidence include grade-appropriate databases on human populations and the rates of consumption of food and natural resources (such as freshwater, mineral, and energy). Examples of impacts can include changes to the appearance, composition, and structure of Earth’s systems as well as the rates at which they change. The consequences of increases in human populations and consumption of natural resources are described by science, but science does not make the decisions for the actions society takes.]
- Aligned with state Standard of Learning (SOL) 6.2: Force, Motion, and Energy: The student will investigate and understand basic sources of energy, their origins, transformations, and uses. Key concepts include: a) potential and kinetic energy; b) the role of the sun in the formation of most energy sources on Earth; c) nonrenewable energy sources (fossil fuels including petroleum, natural gas, and coal); d) renewable energy sources (wood, wind, hydro, geothermal, tidal, and solar); and e) energy transformations (heat/light to mechanical, chemical, and electrical energy).
National and State Curriculum Alignment:
EnergyTrends.org was created by the Lexington Institute to provide useful information about the energy we use and produce, in a format that lets readers compare and track their own states’ vital energy patterns. EnergyTrends.org and Lexington Institute are committed to supporting public education and building understanding about the energy we use. Data and information collected with this contest will not be shared with any third parties or used for any other reason besides this project.