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Energy is our Future school competitions: Winners announced


European Schoolnet and PlasticsEurope are pleased to announce the winners of the “Energy is our Future” school competitions 2007-2008. The jury, which was composed of European experts, decided to award 17 teams of students who represent schools from ten countries: France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Lithuania, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Slovenia and the United Kingdom.

In its second year, 2007-2008, the “Energy is our Future” school programme and its competitions aimed to encourage teams of students to submit competition outcomes that focus on three main areas:

  • Energy efficiency: the impact of design and material selection on energy consumption;
  • Climate protection: how our day-to-day behaviour can contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions;
  • Resource efficiency: how each of us can do something to save natural resources.

The entries to the three competitions confirm that young generation is aware of how energy consumption may affect climate change and how advanced materials help save energy. 

Competitions’ Winners

1. Profile the FuturEnergia Hero

  • Winner: Captain Clean-up, by Charlie, Lucy and Hazel, from Watford Grammar School for Girls, Watford, the United Kingdom

The winning entry will be turned into a trophy that matches the winning drawing. The trophy will be delivered to all the 17 winning teams, together with the winning cartoon drawing which will be based on the winning entries to the Adventures of FuturEnergia Hero competition.

Being very impressed by the high quality of the entries the jury decided to set up a FuturEnergia Hero Club that gathers five FuturEnergia Hero friends, as follows:

  • Energizer, by Alberto Silva, Rafaela Sá e Sandra Barreto, Escola Básica dos 1.º, 2.º e 3.º Ciclos/PE Professor Francisco M.S. Barreto, Calheta, Portugal
  • Enelator, by Piotr, Oskar, Szkoła Podstawowa nr 2 w Lubsku, Lubsko, Poland
  • Future Saver, by Simas Mikalauskas, Prienų rajono Šilavoto pagrindinė mokykla, Silavoto km, Lithuania
  • Recycling Man, by Benetton, Chen, Pepe, Scuola Media Coletti, Treviso, Italy
  • Energomobil, by Cosmina, Diana and Diana, School no. 118 Vasile Alecsandri, Bucharest, Romania

2. The Adventures of FuturEnergia Hero

The jury decided to award one prize for each of the five scenarios that were part of the Adventure of FuturEnergia Hero competition, as follows:

  • Scenario 1: SuperHero builds a new house
    Energy Efficient House, by Connor, Michael and Chloe; St Joseph's Primary School, Helensburgh, the United Kingdom
  • Scenario 2: SuperHero goes on holiday
    Eroina FuturEnergia la iarba verde, by Ioana et al, Scoala nr. 29, Constanţa, Romania
  • Scenario 3: SuperHero and energy efficient vehicles
    Aquaflash, by Guillaume, Jonathan and Valentin, College Saint Benoit, Le Mans, France
  • Scenario 4: SuperHero versus Energy Eater
    Lambinator vs the Shredder, Part 1 and Part 2, by Annabelle, Geneva and Olivia, Watford Grammar School for Girls, Watford, the UK
  • Scenario 5: SuperHero in your school
    Eugenio vai a escola
    , by Turmas do 5ºA, 5ºB e 6ºA, Escola Básica dos 2º e 3º Ciclos de Mem Ramires, Santarém, Portugal
The winning entries to the Adventures of FuturEnergia Hero competition will be included into a comic book that will be printed and distributed, along with the names of the winning student teams.

3. Wanna be a Hero?

The jury decided to award the best entry to each of the five brain challenges to the "Wanna be a Hero" Competition as follows:

  • Brain Challenge 1 (ex aequo; tied winners)
    Rescue oil resources, by Marta, Dawid, Michał, from Zespół Szkół Technicznych, Radom, Poland
    Furnace on Forest Residue, by Andrej et al, from Srednja šola tehniških strok Šiška, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Brain Challenge 2
    How can we save the world?, by Mihály, Tamás, Máté, from Deák Ferenc Bilingual High School, Szeged, Hungary
  • Brain Challenge 3
    Say No to Famine!, by Marija, Sandra, Aiste, from Prienai Ziburys gymnasium, Prienai, Lithuania
  • Brain Challenge 4
    Die Stadt der Zukunft: Eine schwimmende Stadt, by Lucia, Manuel, Theresa, from Max-Ulrich-von-Drechsel-Realschule Regenstauf, Regenstauf, Germany
  • Brain Challenge 5
    Old cars, what to do?, by Micaela, Joana, Filipe, from Escola Secundária de Lagoa, Lagoa, Portugal

The six winning teams of the "Wanna be a Hero?" and their coordinating teachers will be invited to attend a prize-giving ceremony which will take place in Brussels in September 2008.

Further information

PlasticsEurope and European Schoolnet are delighted to announce that the third year of the Energy is our Future (FuturEnergia) school programme will start in September 2008. The school programme will continue to strengthen, enhance and support energy education across the curriculum in schools by raising awareness on how energy consumption may affect climate change and how advanced materials help save energy.

For further queries please contact Petru Dumitru: futurenergia@eun.org