Rules and regulations are still being considered and are subject to change.
A growing energy crisis and a national discussion about the future of our natural resources are bringing the impact of our energy choices on the environment closer to home. What can we, as individuals, do to make a difference?
That is the question the Igniting Creative Energy Challenge encourages teachers in North America to ask their students. Open to students K-12 in qualifying school districts, the Challenge is an educational competition designed to motivate students to learn more about energy and the environment.
Three students will win a hosted trip to Washington, D.C. for a fun and educational experience.
Student entries must reflect the theme “energy and water efficiency” and demonstrate an understanding of what an individual, family or group can do to make a difference in their home, school or community. Students are encouraged to express their ideas in any creative form such as documented science projects, essays, stories, artwork, photographs, music, video, website projects, etc.
Entries will be divided into grade clusters and evaluated by a panel of judges.
Grade clusters are K-5, 6-8, 9-12.
Judging criteria will be based on a point system. A total of 60 points will be awarded, as follows:
Explanation should include:
Submission must include original project, official entry form and written explanation.
The travel prize winner in each grade cluster will be the entry that receives the highest number of points. In case of any ties, judges will re-evaluate and choose final winners based upon the judging criteria. If, for any reason, a prize winner is unable to participate in the award trip, an alternate winner may be designated. Any alternate winners will be chosen on the same basis.
All decisions of the judges are final.
Travel prizes: Restrictions apply. Each trip award provides two round trip airfares from airport near winner’s home, as selected by Sponsor in its sole discretion. Trip also includes a minimum of one night’s lodging in Washington, D.C., on June 11, 2014, as selected by Sponsors in their sole discretion, plus tour tickets, also selected by the Sponsors, a per diem meal amount and elements of the ground transportation. All additional costs, including any tax liability, are the sole responsibility of the winner and parent/legal guardian. Travelers are solely responsible for obtaining all necessary travel documents, including passport, if necessary. Tickets are not exchangeable or redeemable for cash; are subject to terms and conditions of use as stated thereon; and are not to be combined with any other offer. Travel and lodging must be taken on dates specified by Sponsor.
Past grand prize winners are encouraged to enter the competition and are eligible to receive recognition and publication for their entry: however, if the entry of a past grand prize winner is selected as a winner in a consecutive year, such entrant shall receive a $1,000 savings bond in lieu of the grand prize trip. In such an event, the grade cluster second place winner shall receive the grand prize trip.
No substitutions, no transfers, no cash-value awards.
All entries and all rights thereto become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned. The Sponsors expressly acquire and claim the original, North American rights to reproduce and publish entries as selected by the judges, in ways they deem appropriate (i.e. recognition, publications, promotions and websites), the consideration for which will be the publicity provided to the entrant through same. Entry forms must be complete and must be signed by the student and parent or legal guardian.
Entry constitutes acceptance of all rules and consent to the use of winner’s name, biographical data and likeness for advertising, promotion or marketing purposes, as permitted by law, without additional compensation.
Odds of winning depend on the number and quality of entries received.
Sponsors are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete or illegible entries or notifications. Johnson Controls Inc. and the National Energy Foundation shall not be liable for any injury, loss, damage, costs, or expense arising directly or indirectly in connection with this challenge or prize. Except as noted, all expenses associated with the prize, including taxes, fees, licenses, title costs, registrations and insurance, are the sole responsibility of the prize recipients and their parents or legal guardians. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, suspend or modify this competition should causes beyond its control prevent the successful administration, winner selection or prize award.
VOID WHERE PROHIBITED OR RESTRICTED BY LAW.
The Challenge is a partnership program developed by Johnson Controls, Inc. and the National Energy Foundation. Johnson Controls funds the Challenge through an educational grant with additional support from the National Energy Foundation.