Green Games prizes added

Two new $1,000 prizes have been added to Science World’s B.C Green Games contest, to promote energy conservation awareness

Two new $1,000 prizes have been added to Science World’s B.C Green Games contest, to promote energy conservation awareness in schools across B.C.

Students are encouraged to document their energy conservation success stories and submit them online before March 1, says communications co-ordinator Barbara Adamski.

She says the addition of these prizes brings the total prize money to be awarded to B.C. schools to $24,000.

This is the fourth year of B.C. Green Games, a province-wide competition for students in kindergarten to Grade 12, designed to inspire action, enable sharing, and reward and celebrate the green efforts of schools in BC.

So far this school year, more than 140 teams have registered, and the registration has been extended through to February to allow even more teams the opportunity to share their inspirational environmental action stories.  In previous years student teams submitted public education and awareness projects that reached beyond their schools.

School-based energy conservation projects are supported by local and provincial mentors such as BC Hydro, Destination Conservation, GreenLearning, and Science World’s Scientists and Innovators in the Schools.

Working alongside these mentors, students are inspired to create projects such as sweater campaigns, idle-free zones, dine-in-the-dark days or energy audits.

In March 2012, the public will be asked to vote for their favorite submissions at bcgreengames.ca.

All submissions, including those that fit the criteria for the energy prizes, will be judged by a panel of scientists and environmental and science education experts, based on demonstration of environmental responsibility, a creative action plan, and clear communication about the project.

More than 350 projects created for previous years of B.C. Green Games can be viewed online at bcgreengames.ca.

Science World manages B.C. Green Games with input from youth, government, school district, university, science and environmental education community partners. Presenting sponsors are BC Hydro and FortisBC.