Do you know the most efficient way to light a building? Many of us don’t, but a group of Kent elementary students have set out to change that, through the creation of a educational video.
The Light Savers are hoping to cut half the power used in their school, as well as educating their fellow classmates. But they also have used an online video contest to get their message out even further. BC Green Games was open to students all around the province, and is run by Science World. The two videos with the most votes will each receive a $500 prize (one for K-7 and one for 8-12). There will also be 22 grand prizes of $1,000 each. The contest has been running since 2009 as a way to encourage students to document and share project that make positive changes in their school or community.
“Our goal is to have school computers shut off daily and monitors shut off after every class,” their entry states. “We are working to make sure that lights are shut off every time a class leaves their room. We are trying to get Light Sensors put in rooms where they can be used, heaters shut off in empty rooms and doors and windows using proper weather stripping. We set a goal to replace all T-12 lights with T-8 to save energy. We try to unplug everything that is not being used, also. We are teaching the students to care about power usage, as it takes caring to make an effect.
“Power Saved is power earned!”
The end of the voting period is nearing, on March 31. To view the Kent elementary school’s Light Savers’ entry, click here.