What’s new this year?

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC) is officially underway! This year, to celebrate 10 years of the program, we decided to make a few changes. Check out all of the new and exciting changes below.

New website

We are excited to launch a new website where teachers can log in, access the challenges and resources, edit their accounts, toggle between multiple classrooms and submit Challenge proofs easier than ever before. Have a question or need assistance? No problem—we have a built-in contact form right on your homepage dashboard. Our new website is also compatible with all mobile devices so we will no longer be using the CEDC app.

No more need to track points 

This year, we’ve made it easier to track your classroom’s progress in the Challenge. Instead of keeping track of how many points your classroom has, you will simply see the challenges your classroom has completed and those left to complete. You have to complete a minimum of three challenges to be eligible for prizes, but the more challenges your classroom completes, the better your chances of winning a prize!  

Updated challenges

We took our popular old challenges and updated them to make them better than ever. There are now 17 challenges. Some have new names like What’s Old is New Again (previously Post it!), others have new challenge options, like Buckle Up, and some are brand new challenges like Round and Round it Goes, where students learn about and explore the circular economy. We have also updated all of the challenges to reflect diverse learning environments—both face-to-face and at-home learning. Please read the CEDC’s COVID-19 policy for more information.  

Limited Edition Challenge

To celebrate 10 years of the challenge, we have created a special challenge just for this year. In this challenge, students will learn about food waste and its connection to energy while also brainstorming ways to reduce their food waste! 

An updated Take-Home Challenge

This challenge encourages students to work with their families to decrease the number of items that are thrown away in their home. Screenshots of social media posts are no longer required as proof of completion, but we encourage teachers and families to share what they’ve learned. This is a great challenge to get families involved in the CEDC! 

New category in the Video Challenge

The Most Comedic category in the Video Challenge has been replaced with the Best Call To Action category. How effective is your classroom’s video in encouraging others to take action?  

More prizing

This year we are giving away more prizes than ever before—more than 100 prizes totalling $45,000! Visit the Contest Rules page for more information on prizes and eligibility. Classrooms must complete a minimum of three challenges to be eligible to win any prize. Here are some prize updates we have made:

Limited Edition Prize

Any classroom that completes this challenge as one of their three challenges will be entered into a random draw for $450. Five lucky classrooms can win this prize.
Challenge Assignment Prizes – Five prizes are awarded for each of the 17 challenges. This year, each Challenge Assignment Prize winner will receive a larger prize of $150. 

More opportunities for families and communities to be involved

Family Challenges

New this year, these challenges allow for families to participate and win prizes! They do not need to be registered for the CEDC to participate and these challenges are not part of the 17 classroom challenges. There will be two Family Challenges this year, which will be launched during the CEDC contest period. Anyone interested is encouraged to look for updates on our social media platforms or on our blogs.

Citizen Challenges

These challenges are for anyone in Canada (18+) who wishes to get involved in the CEDC themselves. People do not need to be registered for the CEDC to participate. This challenge draws inspiration from the 17 challenges that classrooms will be completing. There will be six Citizen Challenges this year, which will be launched during the CEDC contest period. Anyone interested is encouraged to look for updates on our social media platforms or on our blogs

For any questions or concerns, please contact us at [email protected]. We look forward to seeing what you can accomplish in the 2021 Classroom Energy Diet Challenge! 

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