This is the ninth year of the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, a free Canada-wide challenge where K-12 students complete challenges to compete for more than 90 prizes totalling $40,000! Throughout the challenge, students will work on their energy awareness, increase their energy literacy, and learn about energy conservation — all while having fun!
The challenges in the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge are designed to suit different grade levels and teaching styles. There are many ways to engage in this challenge — activities will look different in each classroom!
Want to know how to get started? See how other teachers have prepared for the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge in the past:
- About two weeks before the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge begins, I get the students working on the logo so it is ready to go on day one. I also plan in my schedule a dedicated time for Energy Diet challenges. — Ms. Van den Eynden, Alta.
- Before the challenge begins, I look through my schedule for the upcoming months and schedule time each week for students to complete different challenges. Because the challenges are clearly written, it is easy for me to fit it into my curriculum. When the contest opens, I go through each theme and match challenges with subjects and topics we are studying. I can connect challenges to science, math, art, and language (especially media literacy). — Ms. Newlands, Ont.
- Strange as it may sound, I do not do a lot of pre-teaching for the CEDC. Students know there will be  challenges and that they are energy-related, but I wait until the actual start day before we get into it. I want it to be new for them. Once we get going, we do check out some of the past challenges to make sure we are on the right track, but all calculations are to be done fresh. — Ms. Boucher, B.C.
- I look over and review themes from past challenges and determine which challenges took me the longest to complete in previous years. When the CEDC launches, I always begin by reviewing these challenges and working towards completing the challenges that require more time. — Ms. Ruiz, Alta.
- My biggest tip for teachers starting the CEDC would be to start filling their classrooms with a lot of good literature dealing with all things “green.” I also try to think of one big issue close to home that I want my students to work closely with and try to make as many connections to that as I can as we work through the challenges; last year, for example, it was food sustainability. — Ms. Barker, Nfld.
Register for the 2020 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge by January 27, 2020, noon (EST) by visiting energydiet.ca. The challenge begins February 3rd, 2020!
Follow the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge on social media: @CanGeoEdu, @Energy_Lit, #EnergyDietChallenge.