The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge

Challenge has been completed by:

17 Classrooms!
Lesson Plan

Students will produce a one-minute public service announcement video about ways to save energy.

THERE IS ONLY ONE OPTION FOR THIS CHALLENGE. See below for suggested modification for completion at home. You can only submit work and get points for one option. 

All videos uploaded to the website will automatically be eligible to receive public votes when voting opens on April 1, 2020 (public voting closes April 24, 2020). Videos can be uploaded any time before or after this date, but voting deadlines will not be extended for late entries.

Option 2: Suggested modification for completion at home

We understand that the video challenge will be difficult to complete with students at home, but we encourage teachers and students to come up with creative ideas to do so!

Students can film a short clip in which the student shares their energy-saving tip. These clips can be sent to the teacher, and the teacher can compile them into a video that is no longer than 60 seconds. 

Videos can be submitted between April 1 and April 24. Public voting closes April 24 at noon (EST). 

Videos must still adhere to the Rules and Regulations of the CEDC; including that the video must be based on student work. 

Anyone appearing in the video is required to submit a media release/consent form to the teacher (found on the website), however students' faces and voices are not required to be in the video. 

We suggest looking at Chatterpix Kids or FlipGrid to create these videos. Kapwing is useful for compiling and editing videos. 

Students should not gather to film this video, and must follow government health guidelines pertaining to physical distancing, self isolation, and quarantine. 

We understand that it is possible that not every student will be able to contribute to this challenge, however, we do ask that more than one student participate. 

Completed videos (maximum 60 seconds) can be uploaded to the website, and once approved, will appear on the website for voting.


By the end of this activity, students will have:

  • identified ways to create an effective public service announcement
  • worked as a team to design and produce a video

For computer:
Powtoon is a free online video-making website. You can sign in using Chrome to make it easy. They have pre-made templates to help your students get started. The software is a little more advanced but fun to use. 
Kapwing is free and there is no sign up required, just click “Start Editing.” It includes easy drag-and-drop features and is overall easy to use for beginners. 
WeVideo requires you to sign up, but you can sign up using Chrome to start your 30-day free trial. WeVideo has templates to get your students started, as well as drag-and-drop features. WeVideo offers different saving options: standard definition (SD) or high definition (HD), but makes sure to save the video as a small file size. 
Animaker, unlike the others, is an animation creator. If your students are looking to fully animate their video instead of filming videos, this is a great tool to use. This is a collaborative tool that you can share with the class, so everyone can work on it. It is fun and creative, and there are templates available, or you can choose to create your own. Although it is a little more complex, there are tutorials throughout the whole process, making it as easy as could be. Animaker is available in French, along with seven other languages.

Kizoa is available in multiple languages. 

Movie maker MovieStudio video editor is a Chrome extension and available in numerous languages. 

For tablet or similar mobile device: 
If you have an Apple device such as an iPad, iMovie is a great choice. You can import or create videos using the application. It is easy to use, and you can save in small, medium or high definition (HD). Although it is easy to use, this is an application where it would be helpful to have some background knowledge in making videos.
The next application is FilmoraGo, which can be used on Apple or Google devices. This application lets you import or create videos through the application. It is very kid-friendly, with colourful icons, making it easy for your students to take control. You can insert text, stickers, filters, effects and more to make your video unique and exciting. This application is available on Windows and Macbooks as well. 

Chatter Pix Kids is a fun additional resource to use along with a video making tool. 

movieStudio - Video Editor by Photo Movie Maker - available through the App Store. 


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Update on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC) in response to extended school closures

We are excited to announce the continuation of the CEDC! We understand that the extended school closures impose a few difficulties when it comes to continued participation in this program, and invite classrooms to channel their creativity and ingenuity to complete any outstanding challenges. Where possible, we will be maintaining the current structure, deadlines and prizing, and will be adapting the existing challenges to be more easily completed by members of the classroom who are self-isolating. If you are able to work safely and remotely to complete challenges with your students, please continue to submit your proof!

Thank you for your patience and understanding, and stay tuned for another update in the coming days.