40,000 Canadian students turn down the lights and turn up their energy
Shell and Canadian Geographic bring CEDC back to Canadian students
CALGARY, Feb. 7, 2013 /CNW/ - A record number 40,000 students from across
Canada are about to embark on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge (CEDC), a
three-month program to increase their energy literacy.
"The teachers and students of last year's inaugural program must have inspired
others across Canada, as the number of participants in this year's CEDC has
tripled!" said André Préfontaine, President and Publisher of Canadian
Building on 2012, this year's Challenge has better prizes, more
community-centric activities to raise local energy awareness and a GlobalTV
classroom. For the first time, GlobalTV is partnering with the CEDC for the
Global Classroom, the program will follow one classroom throughout The
Challenge Phase and broadcast the student's hands-on learning experience on
Shaw TV's Go! and online. The selected Global Classroom will act as the
ambassadors of the program.
This year's Global Classroom spotlight will shine on Mrs.Shelden's grade 3
classroom of Surrey, B.C. Young host and student peer, Rachel Scarlett, will
walk viewers through the hands-on learning experience, highlighting the
student's endeavours to reduce their own environmental footprint and
ultimately act as ambassadors for The Challenge. Principal Byron Gammel of
Prince Charles Elementary says he is excited for his students to transform
into "environmental movie stars."
"We are proud to be part of the innovative thinking taking place in Canadian
classrooms," said Lorraine Mitchelmore, Shell Canada President and Country
Chair. "Innovation is valued at Shell. We are impressed by the creative
efforts teachers use to teach their students about where energy comes from,
how it is used and the issues Canadians face managing their energy resources."
CEDC was developed through a partnership between Shell Canada and Canadian
Geographic to increase energy literacy in Canada. The competition is divided
into two streams: the Classroom Challenge, where registered classes from
kindergarten to grade 12 will complete up to 25 energy-focused, curriculum
based lesson plans and the Video Contest, where students create a video
teaching other Canadians how to reduce their energy footprint. The competing
classrooms are eligible to win prizes including a set of iPads (valued over
$5,000) and donations to charities of their choice.
For more information on the Classroom Energy Diet Challenge, please visit
www.canadiangeographic.ca/cedc. The CEDC can also be found on Twitter and
Facebook. If you are interested in speaking with a competing classroom in your
area, please see coordinates below to arrange an interview.
Notes to Editors
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The Royal Canadian Geographical Society is dedicated to imparting a broader
knowledge and deeper appreciation of Canada — its people and places, its
natural and cultural heritage and its environmental, social and economic
challenges. The Society's mission is to make Canada better known to Canadians
and its goal is to make Canadians more geographically-literate. The principal
mechanism of its public education role is Canadian Geographic magazine. For
more than 80 years, Canadian Geographic has been telling stories, explaining
issues and making the country more accessible through words, pictures and maps.
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territories with businesses including oil and gas exploration and production;
production and marketing of liquefied natural gas and gas to liquids;
manufacturing, marketing and shipping of oil products and chemicals and
renewable energy projects. For further information, visit www.shell.com.
Shell Canada Ltd
Shell has been operating in Canada since 1911 and employs approximately 8,000
people across the country. A leading manufacturer, distributor and marketer of
refined petroleum products, Shell produces natural gas, natural gas liquids
and bitumen, and is Canada's largest producer of sulphur. Shell is one of
Canada's oil sands developers and operates the Athabasca Oil Sands Project on
behalf of the joint venture partners.
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