What is the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge?

The Classroom Energy Diet Challenge is a competition for Canadian Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms (virtual, hybrid or face-to-face) that aims to increase energy awareness. 

Throughout the challenge period, classrooms work together to complete energy-themed challenges designed to teach students about different energy topics and increase their overall energy awareness. The challenges can be completed in any order, and classrooms only need to complete three to be eligible for prizes.

Participation is free, and only classrooms that have successfully registered before 11:59:59 EST on January 24, 2022 can take part.

How Does It Work?

When the challenge begins at noon EST on January 31, 2022:

  1. As a class, learn about 16 energy topics using the provided lesson plans.
  2. Have students complete the activity provided in the lesson plan.
  3. Upload proof of completion of the challenge outlined in the lesson plan (e.g., photos, worksheets) to the challenge website.
  4. Complete a minimum of three challenges and be automatically entered to win cash prizes for your class! The more challenges your class completes, the more opportunities you have to win.

The Challenges

The challenges are designed for easy completion by both face-to-face and virtual classrooms and can be completed in any order and at any pace (as long as all proof is submitted by the challenge deadline). In order for a challenge to be considered complete, the teacher must log into their account and submit proof of their students’ work (photos, worksheets, pdfs etc.). The submissions will be approved by the Challenge administrators and uploaded to the website so everyone can see the great things students across Canada are accomplishing! The more challenges a class completes, the more opportunities they will have to win prizes.

Video Challenge

One of the 16 challenges asks students to flex their creative muscles as they write, direct and produce a public service announcement about the importance of energy awareness. Students are tasked with creating a video for one of the following categories: Most Student Driven, Best Everyday Energy Savings Tip, and best Call to Action. After uploading their video to the contest website the class must engage with the public to get 1,000 video views or more. This year, all videos with more than 1,000 views will be judged. For more information about the Video Challenge, please see the video challenge lesson plan.