Do You Really Need It?

Students will examine items in their lives that use energy and classify them as a need or a want.

88 Classrooms

Learning Outcomes

  • will understand the difference between a need and a want
  • will have explored and incorporated energy-reduction strategies in their lives


There is only one option for this challenge.

Please complete the activity by having students give up one item that uses energy in the home, classroom or school for an entire school day, and then reflecting on the experience.


Please respect all school and governmental guidelines and restrictions surrounding COVID-19. Review the 2022 CEDC COVID-19 policy here. This challenge does NOT require students to participate in an in-person setting.

Classrooms who have completed the challenge

Energy savings by the numbers

water_works 138,460 Litres of water conserved
hour_no_power 2,653 Hours of no power
take_home 107,182 Items Kept from Landfill