Teaching complex issues topics like energy conservation and environmental protection can be a challenge with younger students, but that doesn’t stop Paula Huddy-Zubkowski from inspiring her Grade 2 students to tackle big projects. In her classroom at St. Joseph School in Calgary, Huddy-Zubkowski uses the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC) as a launch point for discussions about Earth’s ecosystems, natural resources and conservation.

She has her students participate in the CEDC because it easily ties into the curriculum, connects students to the land and their community, teaches them how to use tools like Google Maps, and most importantly, inspires them to take action. For one project, Huddy-Zubkowski’s students organized garage sales and used the money to start a composting program at their school, which has now been running for two years.

Huddy-Zubkowski loves the CEDC because it  provides students at all grade levels with the opportunity to learn about the ways energy directly and indirectly impacts their lives. Here’s what some other participating teachers had to say about the program:

“ At first, I was skeptical as to whether I could adapt it for my Grade 1s, but they have grown in so many ways. The challenges really provided us with an
opportunity to grow, gain confidence and develop skills. ” – Classroom Cool Kids

“I especially like how the challenge meets curriculum expectations for our unit on electricity.” – Classroom HNPN

“Grade 5 students are currently learning about energy conservation in Science, so this challenge tied in perfectly with the curriculum. We combined elements of language and media literacy and made this an inquiry project the students loved!” – Classroom @ThinkBIGkids

“Students really enjoyed learning about different forms of energy used in Canada. Students had discussions on how this form of energy could be used in the future. Great challenge for provoking thinking and discussion.” – Classroom 5DF

“We loved this challenge! It gave us the chance to take initiative, use our technology skills, and make a difference in our community. We also learned a lot about energy in a fun, engaging way.” – Classroom CASE’s 6Aces

Register today and get your students involved! Watch our  blog and social media for teaching tips, resources and more ways to engage your students with energy issues.